The Great Debate

War is decided on the battlefield. Why peace is decided in Berlin.

November 5, 2015
German Chancellor Merkel and Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk arrive for Ukrainian-German economic conference in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk pose for media prior to a Ukrainian-German economic conference in Berlin, Germany, October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Building Berlin’s Wall helped avoid a nuclear confrontation

November 7, 2014

West Berliners walk in front of the Berlin wall at the Allied checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

Twenty-five years ago Sunday, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev refused to use force when thousands of people from East and West converged to pull down the Berlin Wall. He taught us all a great lesson: No wall can hold back democracy. Since then, however, Russian President Vladimir Putin has taught another lesson: If a country’s people don’t want democracy enough, no Berlin Wall is needed to keep it out.

Europe frets over crisis exit strategy

June 29, 2009

Paul Taylor
— Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own —

Higher taxes? Lower public spending? Devaluation? Inflation? Investment in green growth?