Zsolt Balla, a combat rabbi for the German army

By Anne Vidalie Posted today at 00:47 Reserved for our subscribers PortraitFor the first time in over a century, the Bundeswehr has appointed a Jewish military chaplain. Zsolt Balla, of Hungarian origin, will have to fight in particular against the slippages of the extreme right in the ranks of the institution. Funny place to meet. … Read more

German Greens unhappy with turn of coalition negotiations

The co-leader of the German Green Party, Robert Habeck, at a party meeting on October 17, 2021, in Berlin. ANNEGRET HILSE / REUTERS The German Greens are not hiding it: they are not satisfied with the way in which their negotiations with the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Liberals (FDP) are going with a view … Read more

China’s slowdown, a “considerable challenge” for the German economy

“Withdrawing from China is not an option, we have to work it out. “ The confession, unambiguously, was made by Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, patron of the famous machine builder Trumpf, on October 26. The laser specialist, who presented its annual results, acknowledged its growing dependence on the Chinese market: the company achieved, in 2020-2021, 525 million … Read more

The Bundeswehr, a blind spot in German politics

To analyse. It is an understatement to say that questions of foreign policy and defense occupied a weak place during the German legislative campaign. Since the September 26 elections, they have remained largely absent from the public debate. A revealing sign: out of the twelve pages of the coalition pre-agreement adopted by the Social Democrats … Read more