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What Germany Can And Can't Do To Improve Its Image

In the wake of the showdown over the Greek debt crisis, Germany has wound up in the role of European bad guy. Germans ask if there's a way to make things better.

Protesters wearing Schauble and Merkel masks in Athens
Protesters wearing Schauble and Merkel masks in Athens
Yannick Nock

BERLIN Not too long ago Europe was calling for Germany to take charge. Many European countries demanded that Chancellor Angela Merkel take the helm, bear the responsibility of managing the Eurozone's debt crisis, be a shining example of courageous leadership. Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski shared that sentiment with this pithy quote back in 2011: "I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear Germany inactivity."

But these voices have faded now. Much of the international media is condemning the stringent austerity conditions imposed upon Athens in the recent Eurozone negotiations. "It is not terrorists nor Euro-skeptics nor populists who are the biggest threat to Europe, it is Schäuble," wrote Portuguese daily Publico, referring to Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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