The Snowden Dilemma

Merkel caught between Washington and her domestic public

von Bettina Vestring | Cyber Security, Deutschland

Angela Merkel would like nothing better than to leave the NSA scandal behind. The German chancellor wants no shadow cast over her upcoming visit to Washington. But Merkel’s domestic public is not playing along. Germans stubbornly persist in considering the NSA’s whistleblower Edward Snowden a hero. This feeds into a strong current of anti-Americanism – with dangerous long-term consequences for the transatlantic relationship.

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Going Renewable

Achieving Energy Independence from Russia

Can the Ukraine crisis force Germany to backtrack on the Energiewende?

von Paul Hockenos | Erneuerbare Energien, Mitteleuropa

No, regardless of Poland’s off-the-cuff critique. But it’s fueling anew the debate in Germany over supply security. Renewables could go a long way toward bolstering Germany's energy security vis-à-vis Russia, while energy-saving measures could be the true clincher.

Eye on Europe

Outgunned and Alone
Outgunned and Alone

If Russia attacks openly, Ukraine’s military will be no match for Putin’s forces

von Elizabeth Pond | Ukraine, War/Warfare

With the situation in Donetsk and elsewhere escalating and “pro-Russian demonstrators” occupying police stations and administrative buildings, the government in Kiev is sending troops eastward for the first time. Its opponents – and not only those kept battle-ready beyond the border in Russia – are far better equipped. Even the capital would be within their reach.

Eye on Europe

Democratic Wunderkind No More

Hungarian authoritarian Viktor Orbán wins again

von Paul Hockenos | Wahlen, Ungarn

25 years ago, Hungary was the liberal shining light of the Eastern Bloc. Now one in five Hungarians supports the hate-fueled Jobbik party's calls to reclaim “Greater Hungary” from its neighbors, and Viktor Orbán and Fidesz are riding the country's scapegoats and their own manipulative policies to an overwhelming reelection to a second full term.

World Trade

Doha Still the Silver Bullet
Doha Still the Silver Bullet

WTO's Bali agreement important development toward resolution

14/04/2014 | von Claudia Schmucker | Worldwide, Trade

Finally a step in the right direction: in WTO negotiations on Bali at the end of 2013, it was finally possible to agree on a package including trade facilitation, select agricultural policies, and developmental agreements. Will such progress save the Doha Round from collapse?

Berlin Observer

No Room to Maneuver

Delayed French austerity leaves France and Germany few options moving forward

von Derek Scally | Konjunkturpolitik, Frankreich

Given its sustained, rule-breaking deficit, France's new government will be forced to walk a fine line between domestic calls for more state stimulus and European demands for cutbacks, as its ministers were duly reminded on their first visit to the German capital this week.