Articles on German foreign policy leadership

After the Berlin wall: How Germany became a greater Switzerland (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 08 November 2019

Berlin has turned punching below one’s weight into an art form. This is not good enough, either for Germany or for Europe.

Trading with the frenemy: Germany's China policy (Commentary)

Yasmin Samrai - 30 October 2019

While it is no longer complacent about Chinese influence, Germany has failed to craft a policy that effectively reassesses the balance of opportunities and risks.

At a snail’s pace: German inactivity becomes a climate burden on Europe (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 30 September 2019

One week after climate talks at UNGA and the unveiling of the government’s new climate plan, Germany’s gap between lofty goals and actual initiatives is still striking

Spitzenkandidaten poker (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 03 July 2019

For most voters, the battle over people and positions would be revealing if only it wasn’t so confusing. It is misleading to frame the nomination process as an example of backroom politics prevailing over parliamentary democracy.

Russia, Germany, and the INF: Will Berlin break its silence? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 06 February 2019

Germany is not facing up to the INF challenge. If it does not take a lead, Russian nuclear superiority over Europe will soon be a done deal

How not to save the world: EU divisions at the UN (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 22 January 2019

Although their new friendship treaty does not call for an EU Security Council seat, France and Germany must pitch a compelling vision of multilateralism at the UN.

The Iron Chancellor: Angela Merkel’s endgame (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 01 November 2018

For now, Europe will get more of the Merkel it knows so well: pragmatic, process-minded, and vision-free.

Berlin’s untenable foreign-policy strategic vacuum (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 04 October 2018

Berlin can no longer afford to float ideas that have no practical consequences, and keep muddling through

An awkward embrace: Erdoğan in Germany (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 27 September 2018

As the economic crisis in Turkey intensifies, Germany should decide whether and how it wants to help

Laws on LAWS? Germany’s place in the ‘killer robot’ debate (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 05 September 2018

Germany – and all Europeans – need to get on with agreeing not only the technical rules around lethal autonomous weapons, but also whether we really want to delegate decisions over life and death to machines