Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

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Long Plagued By Corruption, Romania Seeks To Make A Fresh Start

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The country has suffered from graft and poverty since the fall of communism 25 years ago. Can a new president and an anti-corruption crusader make a difference?


Romania's Rush To Judge Ceausescu Haunts Retired General

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Andrei Kemenici, who was a colonel then, says he still thinks about the 4 days he held Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife in custody before their execution 25 years ago on Christmas Day.


25 Years After Death, A Dictator Still Casts A Shadow In Romania

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nicolae Ceausescu ruled with an iron fist for 25 years until he was overthrown and executed on Christmas Day in 1989. A quarter-century after his ouster, the country is still dealing with his legacy.


New Romanian President Vows To Crack Down On Corruption

Friday, December 19, 2014

On Sunday, Romania will swear in a new president, the first from one of that country's ethnic minorities. Klaus Iohannis, a little known mayor from Transylvania with German ancestry, scored a surprise victory last month over Romania's prime minister.


From German Teen To ISIS Jihadist: A Father's Struggle To Understand

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Manfred Karg's 19-year-old son, a convert to Islam, is one of at least 60 Germans killed fighting alongside ISIS militants. Karg says efforts to stop the flow to Syria and Iraq are taking too long.


German Government May Say 'Nein' To After Work Emails

Monday, December 01, 2014

In a country that strives to protect work-life balance, there are calls to ban employers from sending work email after business hours. Some big companies are already doing that.


Though Usually Stoic, Merkel Shows Growing Ire With Russia

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has attacked Russian actions in Ukraine, telling the German parliament that it will take long-term sanctions and perseverance to end the crisis there.


The Rare Place Where Israelis And Iranians Play Together

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Iran and Israel are sworn enemies, but Germany is neutral ground where people from those countries can collaborate musically. Sistanagila, an Israeli-Iranian ensemble, is doing just that.


Berlin's 'Palace Of Tears,' A Reminder Of Divided Families, Despair

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Berlin Wall separated many German families, and their anguish was visible at the former Berlin railway station — now a museum — that was the main crossing between East and West.


Art Installation Commemorates 25 Years Since Berlin Wall Lost Its Power

Friday, November 07, 2014

On Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall stopped being a barrier between East and West Germany, ushering in the end of communist rule across the Soviet bloc.


The Man Who Disobeyed His Boss And Opened The Berlin Wall

Thursday, November 06, 2014

A huge crowd gathered at the wall the night of Nov. 9, 1989. Border guard Harald Jaeger was told not to let anyone through. But he was worried it could turn violent. So he opened the gate.


'Arbeit Macht Frei' Gate Stolen From Former Dachau Death Camp

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Authorities are investigating possible neo-Nazi involvement in the theft of the gate at Dachau, the first concentration camp the Nazi regime opened in Germany. A similar 2009 theft targeted Auschwitz.


China Says It's Developed A Laser To Bring Down Drones

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The laser, China said, can destroy small-scale drones flying at a low altitude. The U.S. tested a similar system, last year. It put it aboard a ship in the Persian Gulf.


Germany Hopes Incentive Plan Will Strengthen Its Military

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The German defense minister announced plans to increase the pay and benefits of her country's soldiers as a first step to restoring the effectiveness of Germany's military. The state of the German armed forces is an ongoing national scandal after it was revealed most of the country's military aircraft were grounded and German battle tanks are in need of repair. The defense minister says the shortage of military personnel is equally problematic, rendering half of its submarine fleet unusable because there aren't qualified people to operate them.


Unusual Candidate Could Be The First Immigrant Mayor Of Berlin

Monday, October 13, 2014

Palestinian-born Raed Saleh is one of three contenders running to fill the remainder of the term of the current mayor, a controversial figure who is resigning.


In Berlin, Remaking The City Can Rekindle Old Frictions

Thursday, October 09, 2014

City planners rushed to erase divisions between East and West Berlin after the wall came down in 1989. But the fate of communist-era buildings can still provoke friction a quarter-century later.


Germany Red-Faced Over Military Equipment Failures

Monday, September 29, 2014

The country's defense minister says Germany currently can't fulfill its long-term NATO commitments because of a widespread grounding of its military planes and helicopters.


Germany's New Economy Minister Takes Aim At Arms Exports

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The nation is the world's third-largest arms exporter, and many weapons go to countries with questionable human rights records. Sigmar Gabriel wants to change that — but not all Germans are on board.


Thousands Gather In Germany To Rally Against Anti-Semitism

Sunday, September 14, 2014

At an event in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no place for anti-Semitism in Germany and called it a "monstrous scandal" that anyone in the country would be hassled for being Jewish.


Additional EU Sanctions Target Russia's Actions In Ukraine

Friday, September 12, 2014

The latest penalties target Russia's financial, oil and high tech sectors, and slap travel bans and asset freezes on more officials.