Articles on German foreign policy leadership

The migration crisis is not just about Merkel (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 29 June 2018

Take a look at the German party system – including the AfD’s role as largest opposition party – to understand the faultlines running under the chatter about Merkel.

An “existential question” for Europe – or for Merkel herself? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 20 June 2018

Angela Merkel is in a race against time to fulfil a pledge for a new Europe-wide migration policy if she is to keep her conservative coalition together

Berlin’s new language of compromise (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 15 June 2018

European politicians have made an abundance of normative speeches on Europe, but few on the politics of cooperation. German leaders’ recent interventions hint at a turning point in this trend. 

Pedantry in motion: European intervention hits the language barrier (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 07 June 2018

German politicians struggle to endorse Emmanuel Macron’s proposal for a “European Intervention Initiative” not least because the term intervention sounds misleading in German.

Merkel and Macron: edging towards change? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 07 June 2018

Angela Merkel finally responds to Emmanuel Macron’s Europe reform plans – but through the pages of a newspaper, and in only the most guarded of terms.

After the JCPOA, the world needs Germany. But where is it? (Commentary)

Jonathan Hackenbroich - 30 May 2018

Germany could put some heft into defending the liberal international order. Yet it still declines to do so.

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.