Articles on Note from Berlin

Europe’s Entanglement with Asia Minor (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 01 October 2015

The challenge of Syria could become an opportunity for Germany to define its position in the terms of a well-understood European interest.

More Union for the EU (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 17 September 2015

Fragmentation and lack of common goals and processes threaten the future of the European Union

Understanding eastern European attitudes on refugees (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 11 September 2015

Why Germany's Willkommenskultur is a tough model for eastern Europe to follow

Refugees pushing Germany to take the lead again (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 03 September 2015

What stands in the way of a bigger German role in the shaping the European response is the effect of intergovernmentalism and the lack of strong ideas with the power to build a core consensus behind them.

Minsk, the end-game (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 27 August 2015

Neither Ukraine nor the West can leave the framework of the Minsk agreement, even if they know that it is not working at all.

Leadership lessons: The Greece deal fallout (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 23 July 2015

To lead the EU may seem like a burden; it is, in truth, an historic opportunity.

Greece and Germany's game of chicken (Commentary)

Olaf Boehnke - 17 July 2015

Despite staving off Greek disaster for now, Merkel and Schäuble have had a frosty reception from political allies in Berlin. 

The ultimate test for Merkel’s ‘muddle through’ model (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 10 July 2015

Merkel has shown little appetite for the “vision-thing”, but the Greek crisis threatens to push the Chancellor out of her comfort zone

Berlin and the Minsk trap (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 03 July 2015

Almost five months on since Minsk II was agreed, it is clear that none of the early conditions have been met

Idealpolitik or Realpolitik: Germany’s new old foreign policy debate (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 25 June 2015

Germany’s obsessive debate between a value-based and an interest-based foreign policy has returned