Germany Must Start to Address Root Causes of Refugee Crisis

By Ulrich Speck

Germany is hotly debating the refugee crisis, but astonishingly that does not translate into an intensified interest in its root cause, which is, to a large extent, the way the Assad regime is conducting the war in Syria.

Russia Bridges A Transatlantic Trust Divide

By Nelli Babayan

In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin repeatedly called for international cooperation based on common interests, underlining that possible disagreements and compromise-based solutions are the core of international relations.

Partners in Leadership? Germany and the United States 25 Years After Unification

By Stephen F. Szabo

President George HW Bush called for Germany to be a Partner in Leadership with the United States in May 1989, six months before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He did this in anticipation of the changes that were building, sensing that with the end of the Cold War, Germany would be the central power in Europe.

The Ambiguous Legacy of 1989

By Ivan Krastev

“History is irony on the move,” European philosopher Emil Cioran wrote some half a century ago. And he has a point. Twenty-five years ago, East Europeans destroyed the Berlin Wall and opened their arms to the world beyond their borders.

Putin Losing in Ukraine, Looks to Syria

By Ulrich Speck

In Ukraine, the Kremlin’s overarching goal has been to bring that country back under Russian control. But as Ukraine has become a stronger state that is integrating itself with the West, the likelihood for the Kremlin’s success is getting smaller every day. In order to distract from this strategic defeat, Russian President Vladimir Putin has increased his military engagement in Syria.

Eastern Europe’s Compassion Deficit

Sofia, Bulgaria — COMMENTING on the flow of migrants making their way through Hungary to Austria and Germany, a Hungarian journalist told me recently: “We don’t have cities anymore. Only an extended railway station.”

Game of Narratives: Russian Media and Armenia’s #ElectricYerevan

What do the civic protests in Armenia have to do with Maidan and the U.S. State Department? The short answer is nothing, really. Yet, the Russian media would disagree, framing the issue through Moscow’s perceptions and narratives. The discourse surrounding Russia’s recent actions within its neighborhood has clearly underlined the importance of both.

The Green Encyclical: Who will support Pope Francis?

At first sight, the Pope’s green encyclical is a forward-looking pronouncement on contemporary social and environmental issues that should be welcomed by Christians and non-Christians alike.

Catholic Climate Change: Pope Francis’s Ecology Encyclical

The Church is the expert when it comes to the end of the world. Rising sea levels and mountain ranges inexorably crumbling into the oceans have been the stuff of Christian fire-and-brimstone sermons ever since Noah survived the Flood with his ark.

Revolutions of Dignity: 1989, the Arab Spring, and Ukraine

The German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) represents a generation that has grown up in a world where Germany is united, the Iron Curtain has fallen, the Soviet and Yugoslav and Czechoslovak unions are a part of history, and the European Union and NATO have expanded to include most of the European continent.