Articles on German foreign policy leadership

Shared goals: How Germany’s crisis response could strengthen Europe (Commentary)

Jana Puglierin - 28 April 2020

Berlin has quietly made concessions to new calls for greater solidarity. But back home this consensus may not last forever.

The EU can emerge stronger from the pandemic if Merkel seizes the moment (Commentary)

Timothy Garton Ash - 07 April 2020

One member state has become a dictatorship as others spiral into debt. Germany must lead the European Union through the coronavirus crisis

Mother of all problems: The return of crisis manager Merkel (Commentary)

Jana Puglierin - 24 March 2020

German decision-makers must now bear in mind not only their country’s well-being but also that of the entire EU.

No alternative: What the AfD wants for Europe (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 05 March 2020

Despite its preoccupation with borders, the worldview of the AfD makes no distinction between foreign and domestic policy – and the party is using both to extend its deleterious influence.

The slow death of ambition: German foreign policy after Kramp-Karrenbauer's resignation (Commentary)

Jana Puglierin - 13 February 2020

The grand coalition will continue to be a kind of caretaker government in its lack of a big foreign policy vision.

Murder in Berlin: Not just Germany’s problem (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 19 December 2019

The Tiergarten hitman travelling freely across the Schengen area should prompt reflection in European capitals, and greater demands of Berlin to act. But a pan-European response remains unforthcoming.

Could Germany make a geopolitical turn on financial policy? (Commentary)

Jonathan Hackenbroich - 09 December 2019

Internationalising the euro is no longer the taboo it once was in Germany. Quietly, but indisputably, views in Berlin are starting to shift.

Paradigm lost: A post-Merkel Germany in a post-Kohl Europe (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 27 November 2019

If Europe isn’t what it used to be, this is largely because Germany isn’t what it long wanted to be.

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.