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December 20, 2016
For several years now, the German federal and state security services have managed to just outpace a number of planned terrorist attacks in the country.  Breaking up plot after plot just before it could be carried out, they had kept Germany’s citizens protected from the kinds of large-scale,... Read More
March 13, 2016
So, it’s finally come to Germany.  The anti-establishment, “we-want-something-else” wave that has  produced paralyzed parliaments in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and (most recently) Slovakia washed over three Bundesland (state) elections on Sunday, March 5, sending a signal to Berlin... Read More
March 13, 2016
Europe’s migrant crisis is one of the greatest challenges to the unity of the continent since World War II.  According to some estimates, 1.3 million refugees (mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan) have entered the European Union illegally since the start of 2015. The EU’s response to the... Read More
December 21, 2015
German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel left the party congress of her Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) last week firmly in control of her message, her party, and her country.  When it was all done, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, writing from the Bavarian front lines of the refugee crisis, made it... Read More
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Jan Surotchak

Regional Director, Europe
October 02, 2015
October 3, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of German Reunification. Liz Ruedy and Jan Surotchak both spent time in Germany from 1989-1990. They talked about their memories of that momentous period, and how it shaped their views on the meaning of freedom, democracy, and a “Europe whole and free.”... Read More
April 30, 2015
Growing up in France, getting to the 8th of May was always easy.  Apart from the extended holiday that it provided to my compatriots, the explanation as to what we were celebrating was quite simple: although France was not among the victors (despite De Gaulle’s claims), Victory-in-Europe (VE... Read More
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Thibault Muzergues

Resident Program Director, Europe Division