Articles on German foreign policy leadership

Two dangerous myths about a 'Grexit' (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 17 May 2012

Two myths about a Greek exit from the euro have recently gained traction. Both are misguided and both are extremely dangerous. Here are the reasons why.


Beware the new Beijing-Berlin bond (Commentary)

Hans Kundnani & Jonas Parello-Plesner - 16 May 2012

Europe’s relationship with Beijing will largely be determined by the emerging “special relationship” between China and Germany. However, the rest of Europe must find ways to help Germany be a good European in its relationship with China – or risk being cut out of the loop.


Germany: What Hegemon? (Commentary)

Hans Kundnani - 08 May 2012

Since the beginning of the euro crisis, there has been much discussion of actual or potential German “hegemony” in Europe. But Germany's self-centeredness and short-term thinking disqualify it as a hegemon.


Time to say basta to the nonsense of austerity (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 01 May 2012

Citizens across Europe are being asked to replace politics and economics with a sheer act of faith in austerity. But it's clear that they are starting to feel the need to stop this nonsense, and European leaders need to take this seriously.


Preparing for President Hollande (Commentary)

Thomas Klau - 24 April 2012

The prospect of a victory by François Hollande may be causing nervousness in Berlin and elsewhere, but the socialist candidate in the French presidential elections is a natural compromise-builder, and Europe should have no real reason to fear his victory.


Why Berlin is fixed on a German solution to the eurozone crisis (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien & Ulrike Guérot - 06 March 2012

Understanding how Berlin thinks is now more important than ever. If EU leaders want Angela Merkel to listen to calls for growth, they first need to understand her economic mindset which is deeply rooted in a concept known as 'ordoliberalism'.


Grading the voice of Europe - Merkel in China (Commentary)

Jonas Parello-Plesner - 10 February 2012

Merkel’s recent visit to China was meant to assure Chinese risk-averse leaders that Europe is back on track. But the visit was also a part of the mosaic that makes up European foreign policy towards China.


The eurozone will pay a high price for Germany's economic narcissism (Commentary)

Hans Kundnani - 09 January 2012

Germany's minimalist approach to fixing the eurozone crisis is not only leading to ever more bailouts. It is also harming the rest of the eurozone because Germany's 'ordoliberalism' is too inflexible to provide a coherent answer to the crisis.


Ten trends for 2012 (Commentary)

ECFR - 21 December 2011

After a frenetic 2011, what are the big trends that are going to shape Europe and the wider world in 2012? Here are ten that ECFR experts think are likely - and one widely predicted trend that we don't think will happen...


The economics of the summit: an expensive signal to the ECB (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 12 December 2011

The only real success of the euro summit was that it might encourage the ECB to step up its role in the euro area. But years more austerity and a major rift with Britain are a high price the whole euro zone will have to pay for German ideology.