Articles on German foreign policy leadership

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.

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.