Articles on Note from Berlin

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.

The sense of an ending: Contours of the next German government (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 17 January 2018

The days of a towering role for Germany in Europe seem behind us.

From Iran to North Korea, German policymakers are at a loss (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 12 January 2018

Postwar German foreign policy is based on cooperation, rules and trust, not power, interest and threat. But with crises from Iran to North Korea likely to be play out the old-fashioned way, that approach looks naive.

Navigating the Eastern Flank without Germany? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 15 December 2017

German relegation of security and defence to non-core issues leaves European observers puzzling where Germany is heading, and how far it can be relied upon.

German public says ‘jein’ to European security (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 07 December 2017

A new poll shows that the German public is increasingly concerned with security, but is dismissive of its American security guarantor and unwilling to pay more to help Europe replace it.

Jamaica sunset leaves German politics in the dark (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 21 November 2017

The standstill in German governance will likely amplify political fragmentation in the EU. 

Pesco, the impotent gorilla (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 17 November 2017

Criticisms of PESCO could equally be applied to Germany’s broader security and defence policy.

The long and winding road to Jamaica (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 08 November 2017

The indications are this new German government will struggle to take advantage of the foreign policy opportunities presented by this election.

Going Dutch: Why Germany needs others besides France (Commentary)

Christel Zunneberg - 24 October 2017

The Franco-German engine gets all the media attention, but it is Dutch-German cooperation that has done the important work in recent years.

German election: An opening for Poland? (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 29 September 2017

It is Warsaw who must make the first move if they are to repair German-Polish relations in this decisive moment for Europe.