When Donald Trump became US president, liberal commentators turned to the German chancellor as a potential new "leader of the free world" -- a label she swiftly dismissed as "absurd". Her moderate, consensus-seeking approach and staunch defence of the multilateral world order have made Merkel a counterpoint to Trump's "America First" isolationism at international meetings. But political analysts say it's hard to predict what impact the exit of the world's most powerful woman, now down in the calendar for 2021, will have on global affairs.\ Cas Mudde, a politics professor at the University of Georgia in the United States, said that whoever takes over at the head of Europe's biggest economy will struggle to wield the same international clout. "That is the hole she leaves -- that of senior political leader within Western democracies," he told AFP. Already weakened in domestic politics, he predicted that setting a clock will "further erode her national and international power, which … [Read more...] about A ‘hole she leaves’: How the world’s reacting to Merkel’s planned departure
Biggest economies in the world 2015
September 24, 2018 04:32 PM DER SPIEGEL: Mr. Gabriel, do you wish you were still Germany's foreign minister? In your book, it sounds like you were unable to fulfill many of your plans. Gabriel: I am a political person and I can't pretend politics don't interest me anymore only because I no longer hold a position. The world is changing dramatically. We Germans are in danger of underestimating the consequences. DER SPIEGEL: In what sense? Gabriel: The big questions about Germany's place in t he world remain unanswered. And I think that is negligent. I have often asked myself: Will my three daughters have the same opportunities for freedom and self-determination? Will they live in peace? That was more of a motivation for writing the book than the unfulfilled wishes of a former foreign minister. DER SPIEGEL: You use dramatic words to describe the current global political situation. You compare it to 1989 or even 1945. Gabriel: Yes, because with this U.S. president, the old … [Read more...] about Former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel: ‘The World Is Changing Dramatically’
Grundgesetz Germany’s Basic Law has served the country well for 70 years, but some experts think an update is in order to address the digital age and globalization. Published on August 23, 2018 1:45 pm Germany’s Grundgesetz, or Basic Law, is widely regarded as one of the best constitutions in the world. With Germany in ruins and disgrace just three years after the end of World War II, a convention of experts met on an island in Bavaria’s Lake Chiemsee to enshrine democracy and human rights in a 95-page document whose first article declares that “Human dignity shall be inviolable.” Their draft was finalized on August 23, 1948, after 14 days of discussion in a former residence of Bavaria’s “Mad” King Ludwig II and adopted with virtually no changes as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany nine months later, with the blessing of the occupying Western allies. It created a stable political order that enabled the … [Read more...] about Germany’s Basic Law at 70: Is the world’s best constitution out of date?
Technology companies have become the strongest players in the global economy over the past few decades, while their products have become more and more embedded into our everyday lives. Below are the 15 fastest-growing tech companies in the world, of which eight have offices in Romania: Apple Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Cupertino, California, Apple was the first company in the world to reach the USD 1 trillion market cap. Amazon The largest online retailer in the world was founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, who continues to be the company’s CEO. It is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and is also close to reaching the USD 1 trillion market cap (currently around USD 918 billion). Amazon has had a development center in Iasi for a few years and has recently also opened an office in Bucharest’s Globalworth campus. The company has over 1,000 employees in the country and is in the process of hiring hundreds more. Facebook The social network was founded by CEO Mark … [Read more...] about Eight of the fastest-growing tech companies in the world have offices in Romania
She wore the team shirt and cheered as Croatia faced France in a thrilling World Cup final on Sunday. Later, soaked by the rain, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović smiled in defeat and hugged every player from both teams as the winners were given their medals. By the end of the day, it was the Croatian president who had emerged as her country’s star of the tournament. Mediatoolkit, a Zagreb-based analytics company, found 25% more focus on her in news stories about the final than any of the players on the pitch, including the Golden Ball award winner, Luka Modrić, as well as Ivan Perišić and Mario Mandžukić. More than 80% of the stories were positive, Mediatoolkit said, for a woman who travelled to Russia at her own expense in economy class and often watched from the non-VIP stands – missing only the semi-final against England because it clashed with the Nato summit. Boris Dežulović, a journalist and political commentator, said: “Her … [Read more...] about Croatia’s real World Cup star? The president in the stands