Topic archives: Germany

Is Germany building a case to charge Australian ministers for crimes against humanity?

March 9, 2018 22

With calls for the ICC to investigate the Australian government going unheard, some are looking to a far-reaching code that gives the German judiciary the ability to prosecute crimes against humanity, even if they have no relation to the country.

Crikey Worm: Brandis’ parting shots

February 8, 2018 1

Good morning, early birds. Ladies and gentlemen, George Brandis has left the building (but not before throwing a little shade at both sides). Plus, Germany finally gets a stable government, more than four months after going to the polls. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crocodile Dundee in Munich: the sequel that never was

October 4, 2017 7

With Munich’s famous Oktoberfest coming to a climax this week, clam-handed castaway Richard Ogier has the city’s DIY denizens decidedly non-plussed.

Election explainer: what happened in the German election?

September 25, 2017 19

Angela Merkel has retained the Chancellorship -- just -- and faces a series of challenges in the months ahead.

Why Germany and Japan went in wildly different directions after World War II

September 11, 2017 8

After World War II, Germany was divided and occupied. Japan was largely left alone. Now Germany is a world leader in building unity, and Japan has turned to ultra-nationalism, writes former Australian ambassador to Japan John Menadue.

An unpopular leader finally finds the courage to enact marriage equality

June 28, 2017 10

Merkel had previously been opposed to the idea and no one thought that gay marriage would emerge as an electoral issue in the run-up to September’s election.

Et tu, Angela? Merkel picks politics over people

December 9, 2016

If Merkel really wants to stamp out the wearing of face veils, she will find no greater ally than the mainstream German Muslim communities.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

August 24, 2016 1

Bernardi and Nazis ... who will run Nine? ... senators hide ...

Rundle: Greece gives Germany the finger and hunkers down for the blitz

Rundle: Greece gives Germany the finger and hunkers down for the blitz

February 20, 2015 4

Greece has decided to stick it to the EU and extend its current loan arrangement. Germany says "nein". Who will blink first?

Germany’s big energy play has nuclear lessons for Australia

Germany’s big energy play has nuclear lessons for Australia

December 2, 2014 5

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.

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

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

November 17, 2014 8

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.

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

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

November 10, 2014 7

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.

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

October 1, 2014

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.

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

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

September 17, 2014

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

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

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

August 4, 2014 17

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.

Brazil smirks at World Cup result — before hangover sets in

Brazil smirks at World Cup result — before hangover sets in

July 14, 2014 2

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.

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

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

May 23, 2014 9

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?

How Germany’s selfishness is killing the eurozone

How Germany’s selfishness is killing the eurozone

November 5, 2013 11

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.

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

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

October 10, 2013 4

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

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

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

September 23, 2013 1

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.