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Although the common wisdom is that Germany's success is the hard-won reward for strict economic management, the country owes much of its good fortune to the eurozone crisis. Immigrants and investors’ cash are flowing into the country from the rest of Europe, in order to escape the dire conditions that Merkel and EU technocrats helped create through their hard-line focus on austerity, structural reforms, and price stability.
Accusations of a serious breach of personal data at the nation's largest integrated hospital network ignore the harsh realities of cybercrime. Rather than expecting network defenses to protect it against every possible attack, the United States needs to learn to isolate different cybersecurity problems and focus on what matters and what is feasible.
If the case of Edward Snowden -- the former contractor for the National Security Agency who smuggled classified information out of his workplace and provided it to news organizations -- has revealed anything, it is that the U.S. intelligence services made mistakes as they reformed after 9/11 and the Iraq war. Here is how to fix them.
In hindsight, it is easy to understand why the Iranian public backed Hassan Rouhani. Less apparent is why Ayatollah Ali Khamenei let the result stand. One explanation is that he wanted to avoid a repeat of 2009. Another -- and one that better explains his permissive attitude toward Rouhani's edgy campaign -- is that the Ayatollah is ready to empower a conciliator who can repair Iran's frayed relations with the world and walk it back from economic disaster.
When U.S. President Barack Obama took office, the country’s energy future would have been listed among its liabilities. That is no longer the case.
As protests have raged in Istanbul and across Turkey these last two weeks, the press has rolled over and deferred to the ruling party -- a new low point for the country already known as the world’s top jailer of journalists.
As Iranians head to the polls, much of the world is focused on the country’s domestic politics not on how how the vote will change its foreign policy. Even so, the election has exposed the range of choices that is available to decision-makers and the political limits that are placed on those choices.
The protesters remaining in Istanbul's Taksim Square have already won a victory of sorts: they have likely derailed Prime Minister Reccep Tayyip Erdogan's plans to transform Turkey into a presidential system with himself as its all-powerful leader.
Viewed from the outside, Chile seems to deserve its reputation as a rising economic star. From the inside, though, the picture is less cheery. The tale of a powerful Chilean family that owns one of the largest paper companies in Latin America embodies that tension -- and the ambiguity between the country’s bright economic growth and its lackluster social and political development.
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