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Germany’s big energy play has nuclear lessons for Australia

Germany’s largest energy utility is splitting into two companies, with one focusing on renewables and the other on fossil fuels and nuclear power. It’s high time Australia also realised fossil fuels and nuclear are both on their way out.

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G20 fails to deliver — but not for lack of Australia trying

The government was right to push for growth at the G20 summit but the minds of international leaders are no longer focused on the forum, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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A quarter-century after the Wall fell, Europe hunkers down along old battle lines

In the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe, some countries have sunk back into old tyrannies.

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An English-speaking German and a Francophone Estonian walk into a bar …

When it comes to intercultural, cross-lingual comedy, the joke can often be lost in translation. Steele Rudd, an Australian freelance writer based in Scotland, explains.

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Media briefs: Bendigo Advertises … Rupert on Scotland … farewell Margaret and David …

How the ABC squashed Peter Ford’s exclusive. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Rundle: ever returning the guns of August can’t give WWI meaning

On the 100th anniversary of World War One, the world revives a fundamental forgetting of what the war was — a failure to find a way to act out of humanity.

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Brazil smirks at World Cup result — before hangover sets in

As the tourists head to the airport,a chastened Brazil is left to pick up the pieces. Freelance writer Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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Nicht nachmachen! Lessons in Germany’s failed GP co-pay

Germany recently scrapped a GP co-pay similar to the one being brought in by the Australian government. Crikey intern Danielle Thompson asks: will Australia’s work out any better?

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How Germany’s selfishness is killing the eurozone

It’s in Germany’s interest to keep the euro high. Pity for all the other eurozone countries, which would begin to recover if the euro was lower, writes ex-RBA economist and Business Spectator writer Callam Pickering.

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Germany still doesn’t have a government — does that matter?

Charles Richardson highlights different expectations of government between European nations and Australia.

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Deutschland decided: (almost) everyone wins, Merkel for grand coalition

Angela Merkel doesn’t have a majority, but she will form government, most likely in coalition with the Social Democrats. The Social Democrats had offered an alternative to government — now they will govern.

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Deutschland Decides in austerity test for Angela Merkel

Germans are heading to the polls this weekend in what could be a very close contest. It’s about Merkel, austerity, and Europe.

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Is Germany now done with renewable energy?

Two German politicians are keen to rein in feed-in tariff support for renewable energy in Germany. But that doesn’t mean the European powerhouse is done with clean energy altogether.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Merkel looks a good thing, despite austerity

Other European governments might be reeling under the impact of fiscal austerity but not Germany under Angela Merkel. The opinion pollsters have the likelihood of her re-election later this year very much on the improve.

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Australians are a happy lot

At Melbourne University they have been measuring significant aspects of family household life for a decade now and the latest report on their findings suggests that Australians are basically a happy lot.

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Kohler: how safe is Germany, really?

As the principal creditor to the eurozone, Germany is seriously exposed to the European monetary system, making a German exit from the eurozone perhaps more likely than a Greek or Spanish exit.

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Eurozone crisis: new bailout under half the size of Oz economy

The question for the eurozone in 2012 is the pace of panic: a slow panic still grabs you in the end. Knowing Europe and the various governments there’s something out there with the capacity to bring on that feeling.

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Greek gift of democracy puts Europe back on the brink

Europe is back on the brink of crisis after the Greek government opted to put last week’s bailout deal to the people. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report on the latest developments.

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Gottliebsen: how the market buy was triggered

In previous market turmoil, it was London and New York that set the pattern around the globe, but in the last few months it has been the German DAX index that has led the world down, writes Robert Gottliebsen.

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The Daily Beast | EUROPE|

Why you shouldn’t underestimate Merkel

She’s been dubbed the world’s most powerful woman. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held on to power despite global economy crashes and a euro crisis. Joshua Hammer explains how she does it.

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The Australian | JOURNALISM|

That damn polar bear drove me Knuts

Popular polar bear Knut died in Berlin Zoo this week. But for Roger Boyes, a foreign correspondent in Germany, Knut’s death comes as a relief. No more ditching serious stories about the euro collapse in favour of cute updates of Knut, says Boyes.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC|

France and Germany urge nationals to leave Tokyo ASAP

While it may seem unduly dramatic, France and Germany have urged their nationals to leave Tokyo as soon as possible and Air France has been directed to provide an emergency airlift, reports Ben Sandilands.

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New SMH publisher … Today Tonight interview fail …

In today’s Media Briefs: Salon.com sale talks collapse … Spiegel magazine accuses rival Bild of pushing Germany further right … ‘Stories start here’ is new positioning for Herald Sun and more ….

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Merkel and multiculturalism … whatever you want it to mean

German chancellor Angela Merkel is pro-immigration and pro-integration, but she heads a centre-right party with its fair share of scaremongers on the issue. So did she actually mean to say that multicultural policies have “utterly failed”? asks Charles Richardson.

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Reuters | ECONOMY|

Germany’s economic outlook on the decline

After a strong performance in recent months Europe’s largest economy appears to have taken a sharp turn for the worse, with a recent poll revealing investor sentiment in Germany has fallen rapidly and unexpectedly.

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