Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

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Geneva Talks Aim To Ease Tensions In Ukraine Crisis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva to meet with his diplomatic counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. They are trying to find a resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.


As Pressures Mount On Putin, Analysts Wonder What He Hopes To Gain

Friday, April 04, 2014

U.S. and Russian relations are rapidly deteriorating over Russian President Vladimir Putin's agenda in Eastern Europe. Sanctions and other pressures haven't convinced Putin to change his course โ€” so why is he persisting? And what is his goal?


Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

After Crimea, is Alaska next? A petition on the White House website calling for just that has more than 37,000 signatures.


Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The buildup of Russian troops on Ukraine's border is unnerving residents to either side. Though sharply divided in opinion, all fear to lose ties of family and trade.


Russian Troops Mass Near Ukraine's Belgorod Border Region

Friday, March 28, 2014

NATO officials are warning about a sizable troop buildup by Russia along its border with Ukraine. NATO's top commander says the large numbers demonstrate that Russia is acting like an adversary.


With Ribbons, Russians Show Support For Takeover In Crimea

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Politicians have adopted the orange and black ribbons in a symbolic move that was first introduced by Catherine the Great in the 18th century.


In Response to Putin, Western Leaders Hope To Make The Man An Island

Monday, March 24, 2014

The U.S. and EU are trying to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine. By doing so, they hope to create in Moscow a growing sense of isolation from the international community.


EU Rejects Crimean Vote, Weighs Sanctions Against Russia

Monday, March 17, 2014

Germany and its European allies react to Sunday's referendum in Crimea. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson joins us from Berlin.


Angst In Germany Over Invasion Of American English

Friday, March 14, 2014

Germany has borrowed more than 10,000 American words since 1990 โ€” words like "sorry" and "lounge" and the suffix "-gate." It's a trend that bothers some German purists.


Germany Changes Its Tone On Russia, And EU Sanctions May Follow

Thursday, March 13, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Russia risks "massive political and economic damage" if it continues its policy on Ukraine and that the European Union's relationship with Russia may suffer.


Ukraine President's Estate Included Exotic Zoo

Monday, February 24, 2014

When he fled Kiev, Viktor Yanukovych left behind an opulent mansion that underscores the problems many Ukrainians say plague their country: widespread government corruption and a huge income gap.


Iran's Nuclear Talks: What To Expect Next

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers will meet later this month in Vienna. But the quest for a long-term deal on Iran's nuclear program will have to overcome the deep mistrust that was on display at a security conference in Munich.


Germany's New Defense Minister: More Peacekeeping Missions Welcome

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman to hold the job. She has no military experience and is best known for social policies such as expanded parental leave. But she has already said that Germany should play a more active role in foreign missions, and that could involve sending troops into conflict zones.


Heinrich Himmler's Private Letters Published In German Newspaper

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The collection features some 700 letters that the leader of the Nazis' notorious SS corps wrote to his wife. Editors at Die Welt say Himmler's writings show the intimate thoughts of a "clearly cold, feeling-less, self-righteous bureaucrat."


Germans Cautious About Obama's NSA Proposals

Sunday, January 19, 2014

President Obama proposed changes to address how the National Security Agency collects and stores information, especially with regards to surveillance of foreign governments. But Germans are especially skeptical that the changes will actually mean an end to American eavesdropping.


Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Trying To Protect

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The owner of the Taverna du Liban, attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan Friday night, treated each of his customers as a personal friend. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was a regular at the cozy Kabul restaurant, and remembers Kamal Hamade's friendship.


'Jihad Tourism': From Germany To The Syrian Battlefield

Sunday, December 22, 2013

More than 240 people have left Germany to join the civil war in Syria โ€” the largest reported number from a European country. Some officials fear the radicalized German fighters could eventually pose a security threat to Europe.


Neo-Nazis In Germany Use Music To Attract Followers

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Neo-Nazi music is a pervasive problem in Germany. Government officials say the songs aid recruitment of young people into extremist groups. But officials say banning such music to protect Germany's young people isn't as easy as it once was because musicians are increasingly sly about what they put out.


U.S. Spying Takes Center Stage At EU Summit

Thursday, October 24, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is furious about the U.S. eavesdropping on her calls. She is the latest to protest loudly to the U.S. as the EU gathers for a regular summit. The meeting should have focused on immigration and the economy, but will be sidetracked by the continued NSA spying anger.


German 'Bishop Of Bling' Booted From Office Over Lavish Spending

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Vatican announced it's removing a German bishop from office during a church investigation into his alleged lavish spending and perjury charges. The bishop met with the pope last Sunday. The accusations against the bishop, whose diocese is near Frankfurt, have shaken the German Catholic community, with many members calling for a thorough investigation into how the Church spends their money.