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Political punchbag
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is getting hit from all sides, even from within his own party. Most think his resignation is only a matter of timing. But Chancellor Angela Merkel isn’t counting him out just yet. She still needs Westerwelle and his ailing Free Democratic Party.

Federal future
An oft-touted solution to the eurozone debt crisis is less joint policy and a renewed emphasis on the nation state. But some want to move faster in the other direction. Hannes Koch shares his vision of a United States of Europe.

Noblesse oblige
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs – as European governments embrace austerity, some of the continent’s wealthiest citizens are reinterpreting Marx’ famous dictum. Peter Koepf comments.