Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday, but Germany is also winning in the markets. Germany's equity, currency, and government bond markets have also been surpassing Brazil.
In what amounts to a diplomatic earthquake, Berlin has asked the country's top CIA official to leave Germany. The measures comes in response to the second allegation in a week of a German government employee spying for the US.
For decades, Germany's position in the West remained unquestioned. Following the NSA spying and other political scandals, many Germans want greater independence from the US. But does that mean getting closer to Moscow?
For as many people as there are on Earth, there are as many answers to the question: Are you there, God? These talks offer personal perspectives on faith from all ends of the spectrum, from ardent Atheists to devout believers.
The German government is expecting around 175,000 people to file applications for asylum this year, the highest number in two decades. Regional politicians are acting surprised, but there have been signs of this development for years now.