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Allied Cooperation, Europlotting, and the Trajectory of Jihad
Interview with Guido Steinberg, German Islamist terrorism expert
by Paul Hockenos
Allied Cooperation, Europlotting, and the Trajectory of Jihad
Guido Steinberg is Germany’s foremost specialist on Islamist terrorism in Europe. He is currently a senior analyst at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin. His latest book, published this year, is German Jihad: On the Internationalization of Islamist Terrorism.
Category: Security, Germany
The Good German
The VW Beetle’s astounding travels across a century
by Paul Hockenos
The Good German
From a dual-purpose vehicle for the Nazi military and Volk, to international darling and Mexican national icon – the amazing transformation of one of Germany's most successful exports, the Volkswagen Beetle.
Category: Trade, Culture, Globalization, United States of America, Latin America, Worldwide
In War Time, “Adopt a Revolution” Plans for a Postwar Syria
A Berlin-based nonprofit supports Syrian civil society groups
by Paul Hockenos
In War Time, “Adopt a Revolution” Plans for a Postwar Syria
In Germany, just as in Syria, non-violent supporters of the Syrian revolution find themselves the target of violent attacks. Nevertheless, Adopt a Revolution seeks to develop and preserve a functioning civil society that it sees as the stabilizing factor in a post-Assad Syria.
Category: Conflict-Prevention, War/Warfare, Internal Conflicts, Humanitarian Intervention, Conflicts and Strategies, Armament, Military Capacity, Security, German Foreign Policy, Syria, Eastern Arabia/Israel, Germany, Europe
Faint Praise for EU Climate Diplomacy
EU and German efforts fall short in Doha
by Paul Hockenos
Faint Praise for EU Climate Diplomacy
The EU did more than just about anyone else at the recent UN climate summit in Doha to make progress on an array of issues that could slow global warming. But this praise is consciously faint. The meager steps forward in Qatar – like the formulation of a successor treaty to Kyoto – won’t keep global temperatures from rising less than 2 degrees in coming decades or coastal states from being swallowed up by the Pacific.
Category: Climate and Environment, Climate Change, Resources and Energy, Renewables, European Union, Climate & Energy Policy, Qatar, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Energiewende in Icelandic
Best practices from the north
by Paul Hockenos
Energiewende in Icelandic
The Nordic countries have been at the business of renewable energy longer than Germany – and they have a lot to show for it. In fact, their supplies of renewable energies proportionally surpass those of the Germans' hands down; their energy prices are lower; and most of them export clean energy.
Category: Climate and Environment, Northern Europe, Europe
Transitioning to Renewable Energy
Can Germany Do It Alone?
by Paul Hockenos
Transitioning to Renewable Energy
At a time when German politicians are questioning whether Germany is on the right path, it’s worth underscoring that the process of energy transition involves its entire European neighborhood.
Category: Renewables, Resources and Energy, Climate and Environment, Climate & Energy Policy, European Union, Germany, Central Europe, Europe, Western Europe, Northern Europe
Germany Opens Its Doors to Household Energy Consultants
Federal government supports the Energiewende through consumer-oriented measures
by Paul Hockenos
Germany Opens Its Doors to Household Energy Consultants
The math is simple: Nearly every study concludes that consumer-oriented energy savings measures pay off. In order to increase energy-saving measures across the country and reduce the up-front cost for individuals, Germany is subsidizing energy consultancy in private households–and considers contributing to the purchase of big-ticket appliances in order to meet its 2020 targets.
Category: Climate & Energy Policy, European Union, Climate and Environment, Germany, Central Europe, Europe, Denmark, Northern Europe
Subsidizing the Wrong Guys
Money for dirty fuel during a green energy transition
by Paul Hockenos
Subsidizing the Wrong Guys
Complaints about the cost of Energiewende subsidies are rife within the German media and public discussion. But the cost of subsidizing far dirtier forms of energy remains overlooked.
Category: Non-Renewables, Renewables, Resources and Energy, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Unlikely Revolutionaries
Support for the Energiewende goes beyond the usual suspects
by Paul Hockenos
Unlikely Revolutionaries
Another misunderstanding about Germany’s clean energy shift is the idea that somehow “the state” or green tree huggers are behind it.
Category: Renewables, Resources and Energy, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Choppy Waters for Offshore Wind
If the Energiewende is to succeed, offshore wind will be crucial
by Paul Hockenos
Choppy Waters for Offshore Wind
Germany’s offshore wind power is one of the missing links in the Energiewende. The German government wants to see a ginormous 25,000 megawatts of offshore wind parks installed in the Baltic and North Seas—the equivalent of 20 large nuclear power reactors. Yet there are only two wind parks in commercial operation, and one of them operates at just a fifth of capacity.
Category: Renewables, Resources and Energy, Germany, Central Europe, Europe

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