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The Betrayal of Angela Merkel

She loved America more than any other European leader. So why did the NSA target her?

Angela Merkel loved America from pretty much the day she was born. The NSA may have ended that.

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To state the obvious: Angela Merkel, who has just won a third term as German chancellor, isn’t very macho. Her preferred free-time pursuit is recreational nature walking. (Also, baking: she admitted during the campaign season that her husband was sometimes displeased by the paucity of crumbs atop her cakes.) She hardly ever indulges in public demonstrations of authority; she speaks softly, and mostly refrains from displays of emotion, except for occasional flashes of a nervous smile.

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Obama Ist Kein Berliner

Fifty years after JFK's visit, and five since his own, Obama returns to Berlin—to a much different mood

Fifty years after JFK's visit, and five since his own, Obama returns to Berlin—to a different mood.

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The Unpopular Populist

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ending his presidency an outcast—but that was his destiny from the start

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ending his presidency an outcast—but that was his destiny from the start.

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Obama's Strange Silence on Syria

Even before chemical weapons were used, there was a refugee crisis. Why won't the president act?

There's a refugee crisis. And now, chemical weapons have been used. When will the president act?

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Please, Herr Krugman, May I Have Another?

How America’s favorite liberal stokes German masochism

Krugman loves to insult the Germans, and they love to be insulted by him.

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The controversial movie wasn’t just Islamophobic—it was terribly made, too.

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The frustrating, and damaging, thing about Angela Merkel’s leadership in the European economic crisis is that she has consistently preferred incremental steps, even at the risk of exacerbating instability across the continent. Now, in advance of this week’s highly-anticipated EU summit, it seems she’s finally taken a bold leap. The problem is it’s in the completely wrong direction.  First, a quick summary of where things stood until now.

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In today's Financial Times, Quentin Peel surveys the many difficulties facing Angela Merkel as she tries to steer Europe out of the latest chapter of its extended crisis, before praising her political savvy: Yet the underlying political reality, both in Germany and the rest of Europe, is that the chancellor is more in tune with public opinion than are many of her critics. The latest opinion poll published by the Pew Global Attitudes survey last month showed that she is the most respected European leader in every country except Greece. The same is true at home.

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With the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s estimating that there’s a one-in-three chance that Greece will abandon the euro sometime after its June 17 election, some people are already looking for a silver lining:  British tour operator Thomas Cook expects a surge in bookings to Greece if it leaves the euro zone as holidays to the Mediterranean nation would become better value for hard-pressed travellers. "If Greece exits (the euro), for the tourism industry it could be very profitable," interim chief executive Sam Weihagen said after the company posted a steep first-half loss on Thu

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