The Great Debate

Germany can take that smug look off its face

April 1, 2016
A homeless man sleeps amongst his possessions inside a bus stop at Berlin's Kreuzberg district, April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)

A homeless man sleeps among his possessions inside a bus stop at Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Europe declared peace while the world was still at war

March 24, 2016
Rescue workers treat victims at the airport, in this image taken from television video, after a blast in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/RTL Belgium via Reuters TV

Rescue workers treat victims at the airport, in this image taken from television video, after a blast in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/RTL Belgium via Reuters TV

Could Germany’s attempt to ban neo-Nazis backfire?

February 18, 2016
Protesters shout slogans against a far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) demonstration opposing a refugee asylum in the Hellersdorf district of Berlin, August 24, 2013. The placards read "Nazi free and have fun with it". Locals and right wing groups protested this week against a decision of the district authorities to turn a former school into an asylum seeker accommodation, saying they did not want refugees in the neighbourhood, German media reported.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX12V6X

Protesters shout slogans against a far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) demonstration opposing a refugee asylum in the Hellersdorf district of Berlin, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

There are good reasons why Europe’s Jews are so worried

February 11, 2016
Members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-immigrant movement  Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) march past anti-LEGIDA protestors (top R) during a demonstration in Leipzig January 21, 2015. The weekly PEGIDA demonstrations began last October as a local protest against the building of new shelters for refugees, and have been growing in size. Counter-marches have taken place across Germany, with far larger numbers, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the group in unusually strong language as racists "with hatred in their hearts." PEGIDA leaders deny they are racist and say they distinguish between the secular majority among Germany's 4 million Muslims and those trying to spread Muslim values.           REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke (GERMANY  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY IMMIGRATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-immigrant movement, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) march past anti-LEGIDA protestors (top R) during a demonstration in Leipzig, January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Russia having success in hybrid war against Germany

February 7, 2016
Supporters of anti-immigration right-wing movement PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) take part in in demonstration march, in reaction to mass assaults on women on New Year's Eve, in Cologne, Germany, January 9, 2016.     REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY   - RTX21N3D

Supporters of anti-immigration right-wing movement PEGIDA take part in a demonstration march, in reaction to mass assaults on women on New Year’s Eve, in Cologne, Germany, January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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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

What does Europe truly want to be when it grows up?

November 4, 2015
Slovenian police officers observe migrants arriving by train at a makeshift train station in the village of Sentilj

Slovenian police officers observe migrants arriving by train at a makeshift station close to the Austrian border town of Spielfeld in the village of Sentilj, Slovenia, November 2, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Germany: Reunited for 25 years and it doesn’t always feel so good

October 2, 2015
East German citizens climb the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate after the opening of the border was announced

East German citizens climb the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate after the opening of the border was announced early November 9, 1989. REUTERS/Herbert Knosowski

Flush with jobs — and potential workers — Germany is stymied by this cultural quirk

September 30, 2015
Lopez Leon of Spain takes breakfast tray to resident's room at SenVital elderly home in Kleinmachnow

Raquel Lopez Leon (R) from the Spanish city of Cordoba takes a tray with breakfast to a resident’s room at the SenVital elderly home in Kleinmachnow outside Berlin May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter