Articles on Note from Berlin

Macron’s Charlemagne challenge to Berlin (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 15 May 2018

Emmanuel Macron both lay down a gauntlet and held out a hand to Angela Merkel in Aachen. But the chancellor seized neither.

Courting Nero: Macron, Merkel, and the state of relations with Trump (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 03 May 2018

Trips to Washington by the French and German leaders made barely a dent in Trump’s attitude towards his own close allies

Conservatives without a cause? The German youth’s view and what it means for Europe (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 23 April 2018

Retaining what they have is largely enough for millennials – despite the fact that the majority feels that the EU is not on the right path. 

Germany’s defence commitments: nothing but paper tigers? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 27 March 2018

Scepticism about Germany’s willingness to confront a revisionist Russia in 2014 has vanished. But there is new disappointment that the German diplomatic leadership has no military equivalent.

Europe needs more than management from Germany (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 14 March 2018

Germany’s aversion to political vision used to be a blessing. Now it’s becoming a curse.

The art of the possible: European reform after the Italian election (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 09 March 2018

The Italian election leaves Macron and Merkel short of partners for ambitious EU reform.

Italy: Following Britain towards the exit? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 02 March 2018

With elections approaching, the fact that Italy’s EU cohesion profile is approaching Britain’s is cause for grave concern across Europe.

Five takeaways from the Munich Security Conference (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 20 February 2018

The world is in need of leadership on the global stage – but in Munich, no leaders were in sight.

Visegrad dreams for Warsaw, nightmares for Berlin (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 15 February 2018

A Visegrad alliance remains distant for now, but EU must address rising resentment about economic liberalisation in central and eastern Europe.

Too soon for champagne toasts to GroKo (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 07 February 2018

The grand coalition treaty is strongly pro-European in tone, but the devil is in the details – and it could yet be rejected by SPD members.