Turkmenistan: What is behind Germany’s continual dance with the devil?

As one of more than 130 countries participating in the Frankfurt Heimtextil international textile expo Turkmenistan cannot be singled out for favouritism by the host nation Germany, but nevertheless the link between President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedow's closed, authoritarian state and Angela Merkel's Teutonic powerhouse remains strong, but all the while disconcertingly baffling. The Azerbaijan-based AzerNews portal…

Foreign Governments continue to turn a blind eye to gas-rich Turkmenistan’s despotic regime

Turkmenistan's appalling record of human rights violations and its ranking at the very bottom of the World Press Freedom Index should see it internationally regarded as a pariah state, but a continued clamour from the European Union and western powers to do business within the Central Asian republic only serves to underplay the oppressive, police…

Are Bayern Munich falling behind European rivals due to misguided loyalty to aging players and a lack of forward planning?

Bayern Munich's failure to adequately replace departed stars and an over-reliance on players either past their best or not of the required standard could see the German champions fall behind both European, and domestic rivals. The double-whammy loss of retirees Philipp Lahm and Xavi Alonso deprived the Bavarians' of two world class performers, arguably still…

Germany at the World Cup: A Poor Squad, A Noncompetitive Domestic League and An Out of Touch Head Coach

The unwritten rule suggesting that a Bayern Munich flushed with success and replete with ability is a veritable bellwether for the fortunes of Germany's national side appears, on the evidence of the early departure of Die Mannschaft from the 2018 World Cup, to have significant credence. Notwithstanding the annual cakewalk to the Bundesliga title Bayern…