Tag Archives: Severin Weiland

Der Spiegel – Severin Weiland – Austerity Summit: EU Budget Compromise Faces Major Hurdles – 8 February 2013

europeanunionflagEU leaders are meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to hammer out a budget for the next seven years. Massive differences over how much to spend on agriculture, development and administration will make a compromise extremely difficult.

The German chancellor is preparing herself for a tough summit. The European Union has set aside two days for leaders to negotiate a new EU budget, setting priorities for spending from 2014 to 2020. Angela Merkel is cautiously hopefuly her position will prevail. “We’re going to try, but there’s no guarantee,” a source close to her said. Last November, the heads of state and government failed miserably to reach a compromise on the budget. Now they’re hoping the second time’s the charm. Continue reading

Der Spiegel – Severin Weiland – Homework For The Second Term – What Germany Expects From Obama – 8 November 2012

Europe is no longer the greatest priority in American foreign policy, but many German politicians would like to see that change. Washington and Berlin face common challenges — from the economy to Iran’s nuclear program. Now that he has been re-elected, the hope is that President Obama will visit to discuss the issues. Continue reading

Der Spiegel – Severin Weiland – The American Enigma Berlin Unsure About A Possible President Romney – 2 November 2012

Berlin is concerned about what a Romney victory could mean for trans-Atlantic relations. Picture DPA

Berlin is concerned about what a Romney victory could mean for trans-Atlantic relations.

Germans like US President Barack Obama, but what if his challenger Mitt Romney wins next week’s election instead? The Republican politician is hard to read when it comes to foreign policy matters, and politicians in Berlin are asking what it would mean for German-American relations. Continue reading