Germany as a Permanent U.N. Security Council Member

In May 1945, after five and a half years of global war, the Allied nations occupied a devastated Germany. Although Japan’s surrender was four months away, and America still drafted plans for a seaborne invasion of the home islands, the war’s main antagonist was destroyed. The most infamous military in human history was disbanded, the concentration camps were emptied, and after Karl Dönitz’s Flensburg government was dismissed on May 23, the fascist administration was finally swept away.  For the first time since 1939, Germany was at peace. What followed was…

The Warm Heart of Germany’s Iron Lady

Looking back two years, one can recall the all too familiar sight of the Greek people demonstrating in the streets of Athens, holding up signs depicting Angela Merkel clad in an SS uniform and with a penciled in Hitler mustache. Not withstanding the fact that her actions in dealing with European crises, namely the Greek debt crisis, have divided Europe, some see her as the new ‘Iron Lady’ of the European Union. For the past ten years, she has governed Germany rationally, thoughtfully, and pragmatically. Some have criticized Merkel for…

Grexit: An Odyssey

Many articles on Greece often link the Hellenic Republic’s economy to a “Greek Tragedy.” And much like a chorus, the pundits and journalists explain how worse the current situation is getting every step of the way. But if we are going to use this analogy for a nice headline, we must consider some other ramifications as well. If Greece’s economy were a tragedy, the end would mean the death of Europe’s monetary union; the tragic flaw that led to this outcome: hubris. Greek Hubris The Greeks sweltered this past summer…