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Made in the Shade: How cloudy Germany became the world’s solar superpower, and then lost everything
Foreign Policy, July 9, 2012
My 4,000-word story on the rise and fall of the mighty German solar power industry.

France, Germany reportedly agree to share euro chairmanship
Los Angeles Times, July 7, 2012
Merkel and Hollande strike a face-saving compromise.

German spy chief resigns following criticism in neo-Nazi probe
Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2012
The head of Germany’s national intelligence agency resigns after months of missteps.

Germany leader opposes full debt sharing in Eurozone crisis
Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2012
Merkel digs in her heels ahead of a two-day European summit.

Infinite Jest! Live! On Stage! One Entire Day Only!
Slate, June 18, 2012
I attended a 24-hour play of Infinite Jest and survived to tell the tale.

Revving up Germany
Monocle, July/August 2012 issue
A Q&A with Germany’s transportation minister, Peter Ramsauer.

Germany’s mysterious ‘feral child’ is neither
Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2012
A young man showed up at Berlin’s town hall claiming he’d spent the last five years in the woods. After holding the country’s attention for nine months, he admitted it was all a hoax.

In Germany, a ragtag Pirate Party raids politics
Los Angeles Times, June 8, 2012
The upstart Pirate Party has won representation in four straight state elections in Germany. How far can the wave of success go?

Die große Solidaritätsheuchelei der USA
Handelsblatt, June 6, 2012
An op-ed (in German, sorry) on the hypocrisy of America asking Germany to spend more on aiding its European neighbors when America is so stingy with foreign aid and Germany’s commitment to Europe far exceeds the Marshall Plan.

Coverage of the Global Business Dialogue
Handelsblatt, May 28, 2012
I covered this international business conference in Berlin for Germany’s leading business daily.
The importance of manufacturing
USA focuses on trade with Asia
“The German growth model is not under pressure”
Fitschen sees lack of trusted politicians in Greece
Managers question Germany’s rapid energy decisions
Social media is essential to most businesses

Merkel comes under increasing fire on euro crisis
Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2012
Angela Merkel is increasingly isolated in the debates over the euro crisis.

Geld statt Soldaten aus Deutschland
tageszeitung, May 16, 2012
Merkel and Karzai meet to discuss Germany’s commitment to Afghanistan after German troops leave the country.

Angela Merkel’s fiscal treaty in trouble at home in Germany
Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2012
German Social Democrats say Merkel’s fiscal pact will only get approved if she plays by their rules.

German state election deals blow to Angela Merkel’s party
Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2012
The updated version of the post below that appeared in print.

Merkel’s party suffers loss in key German state, early results show
Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2012
Votes in Germany’s most populous state deal a decisive blow to the Christian Democrats, while the Pirates keep up their momentum.

Germany braces for clashes between Islamists, right-wing activists
Los Angeles Times, May 8, 2012
Violent clashes continue between a right-wing party and Salafi Islamists in western Germany.

French, German rifts show already
Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2012
I contributed the German-side reporting to this piece on the potentially thorny relationship between Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande.

Germany’s nuclear power phaseout turns off environmentalists
Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2012
Some of the very anti-nuclear activists who initially pushed for Germany to end its reliance on nuclear power are now critical of the speed with which the phaseout has been executed.

Cultural Resistance Hobbles German E-Book Market
Der Spiegel, April 13, 2012
Barnes & Noble just incorporated in Berlin to establish a foothold in the German e-book market. But e-books have yet to catch on here, for cultural and economic reasons.

Verständnis für Günter Grass
tageszeitung, April 10, 2012
Germany’s annual Easter peace marches embrace a new cause: defending the controversial writer Günter Grass after he was slammed for a poem criticizing Israel’s nuclear program.

German novelist’s poem sets off political firestorm
Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2012
The Nobel Prize-winning author Guenter Grass was slammed by German politicians, Jewish leaders and the Israeli prime minister for a poem critical of Israel’s nuclear policy. (This piece appeared in print but not online.)

„Unhygienisch und ekelerregend“
tageszeitung, April 3, 2012
My inaugural story for the taz, on a new report detailing violations of prisoners’ rights at various detention facilities in Germany.

Germany signals willingness to boost Europe’s bailout fund
Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2012
After resisting for months, Angela Merkel finally signals that she’s willing to allow a boost to Europe’s bailout funds.

As EU migrants flood Germany, some nations fear a brain drain
Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2012
I contributed research and reporting on this trip to Hamburg to explore the effects of the huge jump in immigration to Germany from the struggling countries of southern Europe.

German Tabloid Strips Front Page of Daily Nude
Der Spiegel, March 9, 2012
In Germany, the Page One Girl gets the boot
Los Angeles Times, March 9, 2012
After 28 years gracing the front page of Germany’s largest-circulation daily, the Page One Girl goes bust.

Germany finds itself back in power in Europe
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 27, 2012
I contributed research and reporting to this piece on Germany’s uncomfortable position atop Europe.

French Candidate Calls for Top Tax of 75 Percent
Der Spiegel, Feb. 25, 2012
Francois Hollande is spicing things up in the French presidential election by calling for a punishing tax on the country’s top earners.

German lawmakers approve second bailout package for Greece
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 27, 2012
Over public opposition and dissent in Angela Merkel’s governing coalition, the Bundestag approves the second Greek bailout package.

Global Opposition Grows against EU Emissions Law
Der Spiegel, Feb. 24, 2012
A dispute over Europe’s plan to make airlines pay for their emissions threatens to erupt into a global trade war.

Situation Grows Increasingly Grim in Rebel Stronghold of Homs
Der Spiegel, Feb. 23, 2012
I translated this horrifying and sad report from the building in Homs where two foreign journalists were killed.

One German economist is ready to spend, stimulate
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 13, 2012
A Q&A with Germany’s “very last Keynesian.”

The Revenge of Montozy
Foreign Policy, Feb. 2, 2012
Germany initially cheered the appointment of Mario Monti, a respected technocrat, as Italian prime minister. But now he’s become Germany’s most vocal critic.

Germany intelligence agency criticized for spying on lawmakers
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 1, 2012
As more revelations about the German federal intelligence agency’s ineptitude in tracking neo-Nazi terrorists come to light, the agency is also slammed for monitoring left-wing lawmakers.

Austerity Über Alles
The American Prospect, Jan. 31, 2012
Germany’s war on Keynesianism is nothing new, but its latest effort to export the war to its European neighbors could prove dangerous.

Critics get no satisfaction from Stones museum men’s room
Los Angeles Times, Jan. 30, 2012
The new Rolling Stones Fan Museum in a small German town is taking heat for its lips-shaped urinals.

Roads of Arabia Run Through Berlin
Der Spiegel, Jan. 27, 2012
A new exhibit in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum brings artifacts from Mecca’s Kabaa to Germany for the first time — but not without controversy.

Publisher pulls plug on reprinting ‘Mein Kampf’ in Germany
Los Angeles Times, Jan. 25, 2012
A British publisher who planned to print excerpts of Hitler’s screed in his magazine backed down in the face of a legal threat from the state of Bavaria, which holds the copyright.

EuroCrash! the Musical Brings the Crisis on Stage
Der Spiegel, Jan. 20, 2012
The euro crisis doesn’t typically lend itself to humor, but a Berlin-based business correspondent for The Economist has turned it into a musical comedy. Here’s a preview of the show.

It’s a miracle! Bird mourned for Kim Jong Il in Berlin
Los Angeles Times, Jan. 19, 2012
A typically strange report by the North Korean state news agency claims that a bird and a tree in front of the Berlin embassy mourned Kim Jong Il’s death. An equally strange phone call to the embassy brought enthusiastic confirmation of the story.

Nuclear Nimbyism: Germans oppose new plants next door
Der Spiegel, Jan. 13, 2012
My first story for Spiegel, on Germany’s objections to the construction of nuclear power plants just across its borders in neighboring countries.

Germany’s economy shows signs of slowing down
Los Angeles Times, Jan. 10, 2012
A blog post on two signs that the German economy may be recession-bound, thanks to Europe’s “austerity orgies.”

In Germany the economy hums and the euro crisis seems elsewhere
Los Angeles Times, Dec. 25, 2011
Germany’s neighbors may be in crisis mode, but in Germany there’s little sense of urgency. I look at how the strong economy contributes to the country’s view of the euro crisis — and has people heading to the mall in droves.

Germany’s hand will be uppermost as Europe writes new fiscal rules
Los Angeles Times, Dec. 2, 2011
I contributed the reporting on Merkel’s speech to the Bundestag for this piece on Germany’s near-hegemonic role in rewriting the rules of Europe.

In Europe debt crisis, markets and masses wait for Merkel to blink
Los Angeles Times, Nov. 29, 2011
I contributed reporting to this story on Angela Merkel’s stubbornness in the face of the worsening debt crisis.

German intelligence criticized for overlooking neo-Nazi group
Los Angeles Times, Nov. 14, 2011
The German intelligence service comes under scrutiny for allowing a right-wing terrorist group to operate undetected for more than a decade.

How Germany Phased Out Nuclear Power, Only to Get Mugged by Reality
The New Republic, Oct. 31, 2011
A strong majority of Germans oppose the use of nuclear power on environmental and safety grounds. After Fukushima, they got their wish when the Merkel government shut down half the country’s reactors and pledged to phase the remainder out by 2020. But in many ways, the move has backfired: Carbon emissions have increased, and the country’s now importing nuclear power from neighbors that lack Germany’s tight safety controls.

German media hail Angela Merkel as hero in debt crisis, but …
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 27, 2011
A post I wrote on the German media’s deification of Angela Merkel in the wake of the latest debt deal.

EU announces new steps to tackle debt crisis
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 26, 2011
I contributed reporting on Merkel’s speech, the Bundestag vote on the EFSF changes, and conversations with a couple of experts.

Germany’s updated military museum is an arsenal for dissent
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 14, 2011
I visited the redesigned military history museum in Dresden and wrote this story on the many contradictions it houses in its striking new building.

Tech Rising: Berlin
The Phenomlist, Oct. 12, 2011
A story I wrote on the rapidly growing startup scene in Berlin.

Germany lawmakers vote decisively to boost Europe bailout fund
Los Angeles Times, Sept. 29, 2011
I did the German-side reporting on this piece on the Bundestag’s bailout fund expansion vote.

A top Europe official proposes tax on financial transactions
Los Angeles Times, Sept. 28, 2011
I contributed reporting to this LA Times piece, going out and gathering the opinion of the German “man on the street.”

Unter Feuer — oder unter Freunden?
My first story in print in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. All in German, I’m afraid.

Back from the Dead
A story in Foreign Policy about nuclear power’s comeback in Europe.

Yes to Internet Access; No to Booze and Cigarettes
A piece in Slate about the German government’s unenviable task of determining what, exactly, is necessary for a decent life.

Das gelobte Land
A review in the FAS Feuilleton of Tom Geoghegan’s book Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?, detailing why life is better in Germany.

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