Andreas Rinke
An International Criminal Court prosecutor's request for an arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has created a diplomatic quandary for some of Israel's key allies.
May 22, 2024
Israel's allies grapple with bid for ICC warrant against Netanyahu
The move has some of the ICC's vocal backers questioning the extent of their loyalty.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reviews soldiers of the German armed forces in Berlin on Thursday.
Apr 12, 2024
Between the U.S. and a hard place, Germany's Scholz reheats China ties
With Germany's economy slumping, the nation hopes to gain fairer access to China's markets despite promises to "de-risk" from them.
Simon Harris, Ireland's prime minister-in-waiting, is among a vanguard of European politicians embracing the Chinese-owned social media platform, calculating that the need to reach younger voters outweighs security concerns.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 9, 2024
European politicians embrace TikTok despite security fears
Ahead of elections, mainstream politicians are wary of ceding ground to fringe parties who have successfully exploited its short video format.
A placard reads, "deport AfD now," during nationwide protests against racism and plans of Alternative for Germany (AfD) party to deport foreigners, in Bonn, Germany.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 1, 2024
Ban AfD or fight it? Germany ponders how to counter its far-right
There are growing concerns that the right-wing party could sweep elections set for June and September.
A Chinese flag flutters near a Huawei store in Shanghai on Sept. 8.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 21, 2023
German proposal for Huawei curbs triggers telecom operator backlash
Telecom operators swiftly criticized the proposals, while Huawei Germany rejected what it called the "politicization" of cybersecurity in the country.
Japan Times
Jul 17, 2023
Facebook and Hun Sen: Cambodia election tests content moderation
Meta took down the leader's video inciting violence, but only after nearly six months and after he claimed that he switched to a different social media platform.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2023
Germany's first China strategy breaks with long-standing focus on economic ties
Document offers a clear-eyed appraisal of the risks envisaged by Berlin, while lacking binding targets or requirements.
Japan Times
May 15, 2023
G7 leaders to target Russian energy and trade in new sanctions steps
Separately, U.S. officials expect G7 members will agree to adjust their approach to sanctions so that, at least for certain categories of goods, all exports are automatically banned.
Japan Times
Apr 13, 2023
German foreign minister embarks on post-Macron 'damage control' in China trip
The French leader provoked a backlash in the United States and Europe when he called on the European Union to reduce dependence on the U.S.
Japan Times
Sep 13, 2022
Proposed Pyrenees pipeline puts EU's energy divisions in stark relief
Russia supplied 40% of Europe's gas before its invasion of Ukraine. Now the region is scrambling to diversify its energy sources.
Japan Times
Jun 13, 2022
What next? Ukraine's allies divided over Russia endgame.
Three months into the war, cracks are emerging in the international alliance that swiftly rallied around Kyiv after Moscow's invasion.
Japan Times
Nov 18, 2021
Merkel defends nuclear power exit despite climate challenges
In an interview, the outgoing chancellor also said she was opposed to any plans by the European Union to label nuclear power as 'sustainable.'
Japan Times
Apr 3, 2021
Merkel's last stand: How rebellious states hurt Germany's virus response
A year into the pandemic, Germany's patchwork federal system is fraying and the unity between Berlin and the regions that marked the first year of the crisis is unraveling.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2021
As vaccine nationalism deepens, governments pay to bring production home
Governments across the globe are rushing to access fragmented vaccine production after manufacturing setbacks deprived European Union members of drugs made on their own soil this year.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world