Animal Imagery: The SPD Grows Wings (and Fangs)

Posted by John Rosenthal

The former chair of Germany’s Social Democratic party (SPD), Kurt Beck, was forced out of his post a week ago in an internal party putsch that saw Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier designated the SPD candidate for the chancellorship and Franz Müntefering designated to return to the post of party chair.  As reported in yesterday’s edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine [...]

Schröder on Steinmeier: My Closest Collaborator

Posted by John Rosenthal

Newly designated SPD candidate for the German chancellorship, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, was former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s chief of staff during most of the latter’s time in office, as well as the coordinator of the German intelligence services. He is widely reputed to have been the éminence grise responsible for some of the Schröder government’s most famous [...]

Steinmeier in Syria

Posted by John Rosenthal

Just before turning up in Washington last week to consult with Condoleezza Rice, German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, went to Damascus to talk with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. No other European politician has done as much as Steinmeier to push the “Talk with Syria” line and indeed Steinmeier has already begun to follow this policy. This was [...]

Whose Side is He On? (German Foreign Minister on the Iran Nuclear Controversy)

Posted by John Rosenthal

Those following the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program will have noticed the odd promotion of Germany to a status virtually equivalent with that of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. But are Germany’s interests in the controversy similar to those of the latter countries? The following comments made by German Foreign Minister [...]

Osthoff Returns to Iraq

Posted by John Rosenthal

Many observers were surprised and others scandalized when almost immediately upon her release from Iraqi captivity last December, former German hostage Susanne Osthoff was quoted saying she intended to return to Iraq. Osthoff would later claim she had been misunderstood and that she had not in fact said this. The following from a report in [...]