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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hitlerland

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Andrew Nagorski discusses Hitler’s rise to power and Nazi Germany as seen through the eyes of Americans—diplomats, military, expats, visiting authors, Olympic athletes—who lived and worked there and watched it happen. Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power offers surprising twists and a fresh perspective on this era.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Austerity backlash in Europe and UN monitors in Syria

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Austerity backlash in Europe and UN monitors in Syria

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The Takeaway

Mystery Donor Leaves Envelopes of Money in German Town

Monday, March 05, 2012

A small town in Germany has found that a mysterious person is leaving envelops filled with money around in an overwhelming display of generosity. Envelopes stuffed with 10,000 Euros, or about $13,000, have been found recently in the town of Braunschweig. Steve Evans of our partner the BBC reports from the scene of a generosity mystery.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The Eurozone, the Hildebrand affair and prospects for political reform in Myanmar

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Eurozone, the Hildebrand affair and prospects for political reform in Myanmar

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Pact Redefines Sovereignty for European Union

Friday, December 09, 2011

A new treaty agreed to in the early hours of Friday by 23 European Union countries, including all 17 euro zone states, may be the most direct discussion of what constitutes sovereignty since the creation of the United Nations. The intergovernmental pact is a major step toward closer integration for the 17 countries that use the euro as currency, as well as the six that hope to join in the future. British Prime Minister David Cameron vetoed a plan by France and Germany to make changes to the EU treaties that would affect all 27 EU nations, saying the deal was not in the U.K.'s interests.

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UK Vetoes EU Treaty

Friday, December 09, 2011

Twenty-three European Union countries, including all 17 that use the euro, agreed to an intergovernmental treaty that dictates strict tax and budget rules early Friday. The measure fell short of Germany and France's goal to get all 27 EU nations to back changes to the union's treaties after objections from Britain. Prime Minister David Cameron had sought exemptions for the U.K.'s financial sector. The fiscal compact, which penalizes members for breaking deficit rules, was welcomed by Mario Draghi, the new head of the European Central Bank.

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The Takeaway

Meeting in Bonn, Germany on the Future of Afghanistan

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Almost 1,000 delegates from Afghanistan, NATO, and neighboring countries met in Bonn, Germany to discuss the future of Afghanistan. The talks happened in the context of the planned withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan by 2014. The meeting had a sense of deja vu; 10 years ago, in this same city, in the same hotel, Afghan leaders met to discuss the future of Afghanistan. Back then, it was just months after the 9/11 attacks, the American-led invasion of Afghanistan, and the fall of the Taliban. 

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The Takeaway

Dim Hopes for Afghanistan at Bonn Meeting

Monday, December 05, 2011

A crucial international conference on Afghanistan’s future began Monday in Bonn, Germany. Delegates from 100 nations are attempting to chart a long term course for the war-torn country, after international troops leave in 2014. But neighboring Pakistan, crucial to Afghanistan’s security, is boycotting the conference, following a NATO attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

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Euro Zone Leaders Meet

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is to meet Thursday with his German and French counterparts to discuss euro zone issues. On Wednesday, Germany attempted to raise €6 billion in 10 year bonds, but only sold €3.6 billion. Louise Cooper, markets analyst for BGC Partners in London, has the latest.

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Berlin: 'Poor But Sexy,' Detroit: 'Empty But Sexy'

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

WDET's Martina Guzman spent six weeks in the German city of Berlin, exploring a long-recognized but underreported connection between that former manufacturing giant and the Motor City. In this post, which you can hear from the radio here, she gives a first-person account of visiting Berlin and talking with several people that recognize the connection between the two cities, especially their diminished but still "sexy" industrial prowess. 

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Industry, Iconography, and Decline: Detroit and Berlin

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Two cities, both alike in industry: Detroit, U.S.A. and Berlin, Germany. In a recent series for WDET, Martina Guzman explored the similarities and differences between the two iconic hubs of industry that came into their own in the 20th century. 

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Germany Approves EU Bailout Fund

Thursday, September 29, 2011

German Chancellor Angela Merkel scored a major political victory on Thursday as the Parliament voted to expand the European Union's bailout fund. While the measure passed, the divisive vote had threatened Merkel's control over her own governing collation. The legislation increases Germany's share of guarantees from €123 billion to €211 billion. Six out of 17 euro zone nations still need to pass the agreement. Analysts are skeptical, saying the fund is too small to help seriously indebted European countries.

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Greek PM Asks Germany for Assistance

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Greek Prime Minister George Panpandreou is in Germany to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss a new strategy to keep his country from defaulting on its debt. Greece needs a further €8 billion to pay its bills. Without it, hundreds of thousands of civil servants will not get paid. Early Tuesday, Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said his country will receive bailout funds.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Berlin 1961

Friday, September 02, 2011

In June 1961, Nikita Khrushchev called Berlin "the most dangerous place on earth." American and Soviet fighting men and tanks stood only yards apart. Frederick Kempe talks about what made Berlin so dangerous. His book Berlin 1961 is based on a wealth of new documents and interviews, filled with fresh insights, and is a masterly look at key events of the 20th century, with powerful applications to these early years of the 21st century.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Berlin 1961

Friday, September 02, 2011

In this 1965 Overseas Press Club Luncheon, Hallie Burnett, novelist and publisher, describes her experience in Berlin in August, 1961. On assignment for Reader’s Digest, Burnett was charged with reporting on the conditions of the East German refugees, who were “coming over at that time at about 2,000 a night.” Amidst a quiet week, she describes the night of August 13 when the foundations for the Berlin wall were laid. She describes standing among Berliners at the Brandenburg Gate, who were so shocked they had not yet found their voices to protest.

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European Leaders Address Economic Turmoil

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

With the Eurozone crisis still roiling the markets German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris today. The two leaders will be discussing ways of pulling Europe out of danger — but Germany has already ruled out any discussion on the creation of common Eurobonds — a solution that has been put forward by some. 

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Nazi Rudolf Hess Exhumed From Grave

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The corpse of Adolf Hitler's one-time top deputy Rudolf Hess was exhumed and his grave destroyed, according to authorities in Germany. Hess's tombstone, which read "I dared" in German, had become a shrine for neo-Nazis according to the Lutheran church in Wunsiedel, where he was buried. Hess was burried in Wunsiedel according to his wishes after committing suicide in prison at age 93 in 1987. His remains will be cremated and scattered at sea.

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Faces North Korea

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

This morning at 11:45 am EST, the U.S. women's soccer team will play North Korea for their first game of the Women's World Cup, in Dresden, Germany. This will be the second consecutive Women's World Cup in which the U.S. has opened against North Korea. The U.S. team has won eight tournaments under their current coach, Pia Sundhage, and is said to have a great shot at winning the World Cup. 

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Facing the Facts On What We Eat

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

More than 2,000 people are sick and 20 dead in Germany from an E. coli outbreak that German officials still don't know the source of. The scare has spread to the U.S., where many are worried about a similar outbreak happening here. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported Tuesday that most food-borne illnesses were down, except for salmonella and a group of rare E. coli bacteria related to the German one. Is hysteria warranted?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Germany Getting Off Nuclear Energy

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Michael Levi, senior fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the economic ripple effects of Germany announcing that it will get off nuclear power.

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