Articles on Note from Berlin

A chance for leadership: German foreign policy after the killing of Qassem Soleimani (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 22 January 2020

Germany will need to do some serious soul-searching if it is to effectively de-escalate the Iran crisis and revive the damaged nuclear agreement.

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.

Germany’s quiet leadership on the Libyan war (Commentary)

René Wildangel & Tarek Megerisi - 20 November 2019

Although Germany’s mediation role in the Libyan conflict has received relatively little attention so far, this might change if its initiative leads to a peace conference – or, alternatively, a collapse of the political process.

Two people separated by a common idea: Why Macron and AKK agree (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 12 November 2019

Macron’s and AKK’s distinct styles obscure a core agreement: threats to the transatlantic relationship mean that European countries must finally stand up and defend themselves.

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.

Brexit Weltschmerz: An era ends (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 24 October 2019

Britain helped bring modern, unified, and peaceful Germany into being. Its Brexit convulsions have trashed this historic reputation – probably for good.
 

Germany at the helm: Can it bring Europe together in 2020? (Commentary)

André Hein - 15 October 2019

The German presidency offers the chance to build on strong levels of structural cohesion between member states – but citizens remain sceptical on some fronts.

The three eras since reunification (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 01 October 2019

Almut Möller's farewell Note from Berlin looks at the three eras of German political history since the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago