Articles on Note from Berlin

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.

Germany votes: What to look out for on election night (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 21 September 2017

All you need to know to follow the German election unfold on Sunday night

Flexible Europe – Is it that much of a stretch? (Commentary)

Christel Zunneberg - 14 September 2017

ECFR's EU 28 Survey shows that there is political space for a Europe of different speeds to carry forward the European project.

Prime time debates with few prime time ideas (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 08 September 2017

The televised debates sum up Germany's election campaign perfectly: they have been strangely devoid of proposals, and filled with reactiveness.

Germany votes: A lot of quiet before the storm (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 01 September 2017

Holding on to Merkel seems motivated by the wish to preserve the status quo.

Europe in the German federal elections: What do the manifestos say? (Commentary)

Christel Zunneberg - 26 July 2017

Here we compare the parties’ positions on the four core EU policy domains: common security and defence, migration, financial, and trade policy.