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A champion of EU and NATO enlargement, German foreign policy is no longer the gentle giant of the post-war years. Its leading economy and the War on Terror has propelled Germany to take an assertive role on the world stage.

The Russia Paradox: How To Deal with an Aggressive, Yet Weak Power

The Russia Paradox: How To Deal with an Aggressive, Yet Weak Power

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 05, 2016

Ahead of this week's NATO summit in Warsaw, what is the best way to proceed with Russia? Which aims should the West and the Kremlin be pursuing? And what can be done to end the current crisis? One thing is clear: We need strategic patience. An Essay By Wolfgang Ischinger more... Comment ]

Merkel's Chief of Staff on Brexit: 'Advice from Outside Out of Place'

Merkel's Chief of Staff on Brexit: 'Advice from Outside Out of Place'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, discusses the consequences of Brexit for Europe and why he believes the British should be given the time they need to contemplate the consequences of their vote to leave the EU. Interview Conducted by Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]


Germany and Brexit: Berlin Has Everything To Lose if Britain Leaves

Germany and Brexit: Berlin Has Everything To Lose if Britain Leaves

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2016

Will the British really leave the EU? For Germany it would be a catastrophe. And yet Chancellor Merkel is still avoiding strident anti-Brexit warnings lest she boost its supporters. By Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]

Step-by-Step Rapprochement: Germany Considers Easing of Russia Sanctions

Step-by-Step Rapprochement: Germany Considers Easing of Russia Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2016

Standing tough on Russia remains official policy, but Germany has begun working on the careful easing of sanctions imposed following Moscow's aggression in Ukraine. The US is opposed, but many in the EU could support the new approach. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Satire Affair: Turkish-Germans Caught Between Two Nations

Satire Affair: Turkish-Germans Caught Between Two Nations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2016

An insulting poem about Turkish President Erdogan by German comedian Jan Böhmermann has set off widespread anger among German-Turkish people. But why is the community so attached to the Turkish president? By Serdar Somuncu more... Comment ]

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2016

Turkey is calling for criminal proceedings against a German comedian who crudely disparaged its president on public television. Personally ordered by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the complaint threatens to create a massive political crisis for Chancellor Merkel. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]


Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2016

When he first came to power, Turkish President Erdogan embarked on a path of modernization. But the growth of a new elite withered those reforms and now, an autocracy is taking hold. It is time for the West to rethink its relations with Turkey. An Essay by Michael Werz more... Comment ]

An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2016

From the courts to the media, Poland's new government has passed a number of new reforms that have the EU concerned about creeping autocracy. Complaints thus far have fallen on deaf ears in Warsaw, triggering calls for firmer action from Brussels. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Israeli-German Relations: Polemics Have No Place in True Friendships

Israeli-German Relations: Polemics Have No Place in True Friendships

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2015

With dubious Holocaust comparisons, the German Israel lobby is making life difficult for supporters of the Jewish state in Germany. Polemics should have no place in the relationship. An Essay by Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Slippery Slope: Are German Ground Troops Inevitable in Syria?

Slippery Slope: Are German Ground Troops Inevitable in Syria?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2015

Germany has approved the deployment of reconnaissance planes, a frigate and support personnel to support the fight against Islamic State in Syria. Experts say IS can't be defeated with air strikes alone. Will Germany ultimately be forced to send in ground troops? By Gordon Repinski and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]