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Getting Ready for Assad’s Fall
How Germany is helping Syria's opposition plan for an Assad-free future
by Henning Hoff
Getting Ready for Assad’s Fall
After the diplomatic debacle over the decision last year to abstain from a UN Security Council vote on intervention in Libya, Germany's Foreign Office might yet earn some redemption for its active support in helping Syrian opposition leaders plan for what comes after Bashar al-Assad's ouster.
Category: German Foreign Policy, Syria, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Germany’s Unlikely New Best Friend
With France no longer in tune with German thinking, it is time to give British-German relations a boost
by Henning Hoff
Germany’s Unlikely New Best Friend
In defeat, Angela Merkel didn’t lose her dry wit. “I didn’t get anything out of it” (“Da hatte ich dann auch nichts von.”), Germany’s chancellor quipped to the press at the recent G8 summit in Camp David—not in reference to the meager results of the top-level meeting, but to a consolation hug she received from British Prime Minister David Cameron after the German team Bayern Munich lost out to the English Chelsea FC in Europe’s Champions League soccer final.
Category: Economy and Currency, European Union, Germany, Central Europe, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe
Local Angles Everywhere
The frustrating provincialism of Germany's international news coverage
by Henning Hoff
Local Angles Everywhere
During my first internship at a local paper I met a colleague who specialized in finding the “local angle” to every “big,” and not so big, story. If Germany’s evening newscast reported that violence inspired by left-leaning radicals was nationally on the rise, she would go looking for local punk troubles the next day. Had farmers at the other end of Germany grappled with this or that livestock disease, then the mission would be to find out what local farmers had to say about this.
Category: International Policy/Relations, Germany, Japan, Norway, Northern Europe, Asia, Europe, Western Europe, East Asia
Incompetent Design
The incongruent foreign policy of British Conservative David Cameron
by Henning Hoff
Category: Security, United Kingdom, Western Europe
The Riddles of the Über-Spinx
Gordon Brown could well make his own mark on US-UK relations
by Henning Hoff
For the rest of the world, the “special relationship” between the United Kingdom and the United States—motherland and colony until a controversy over, well, tea brought that to an end in 1773—often looks like a straightforward affair. Don’t these Anglo-Saxons on both sides of the Atlantic share the same language and history? Isn’t the alliance therefore only natural, with the stronger partner telling the weaker what to do?
Category: Political Culture, Government and Society, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe, North America, United States of America