Articles on Note from Berlin

German leaders juggle foreign policy crises (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 30 April 2015

The German government has proven itself adept at juggling foreign policy crises, but as it reaches the halfway point of its term, it is more important than ever that nothing gets dropped.

Germany should pave the way for a common European Asylum and Migration System (Commentary)

Olaf Boehnke - 24 April 2015

It is time to initiate a common European cathartic proces

The Franco-German alliance is back – for now (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 17 April 2015

Hollande and Merkel have become a formidable team as Europe’s leaders – but how long will it last?

Bismarck and Germany’s pro-Russia lobby (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 07 April 2015

Conservatives say Germany should pursue Bismarck’s policy of placating Russia, but a Bismarck of today would have a wholly different strategy.

The European Energy Union (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 31 March 2015

The European Council's recent declaration on the European energy market reflects to a large extent a compromise between the German position and the plans of Eastern European states.

Gabriel's new course on arms sales (Commentary)

Olaf Boehnke - 12 March 2015

Gabriel has reinserted the needs of a values-based foreign policy into the debate on European arms sales, which could make him a key stakeholder in EU foreign policy.

"Over and over again" (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 05 March 2015

The extension of the eurozone’s assistance programme for Greece dominates the European debate in Germany and links eurozone politics to the future of Europe. 

The Greek compromise (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 25 February 2015

To applause back home, Germany succeeded in conceding little to Greece – but the result might be future chaos.

Crisis diplomacy and the Russian-Ukrainian war (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 18 February 2015

Germany needs to square the circle between domestic demands for restraint and isolationism and the increasing responsibilities of European leadership.

Lessons from Munich (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 09 February 2015

As Europe pushes for negotiation over Ukraine, the Munich Security Conference showed the depth of division not only between Russia and the West, but between the Western partners as well.