Late last week, the European Union was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize — an award that celebrates individuals and organizations that move the world toward a more peaceful state. But the award comes at a time of upheaval in the EU, with financial troubles fracturing the unifying force.
Angela Merkel is a pivotal figure as the European Union attempts to defuse the crisis in Crimea and get Vladimir Putin to back down. The German Chancellor grew up in former Communist East Germany and her country is Russia's most important trading partner. But first, Europe needs a plan.
German chancellor Angela Merkel is in Beijing for a two-day visit expected to focus on the eurzone crisis, Iran and Syria. Accompanied by a 20 strong trade delegation, she is scheduled to meet President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.
A European court last week gave some measure of justice to a a German man who was mistakenly believed to be an al-Qaeda terrorist, then kidnapped and tortured, supposedly at the behest of the U.S. government. But U.S. officials remain silent about the case.
German lawmakers have voted to back the second EU/IMF bailout for Greece. Until now, most German politicians have been saying Greece must stay in the eurozone. However, some might now be changing their tune.