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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.

Isolated in Berlin: Trump's Ambassador Finds Few Friends in Germany

Isolated in Berlin: Trump's Ambassador Finds Few Friends in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 11, 2019

Since arriving in Berlin as U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell has flouted diplomatic conventions and attempted to interfere in domestic politics. He has since become politically isolated in the German capital. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister Maas: 'Trump Could Hardly Have Chosen a Worse Moment'

German Foreign Minister Maas: 'Trump Could Hardly Have Chosen a Worse Moment'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 11, 2019

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas laments America's rejection of multilateralism and says that Donald Trump does not view the U.S. as the leading power among liberal democracies. He's hoping to save the INF. Interview Conducted By Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Enshrined Impotence: Germany Joins a Dysfunctional Security Council

Enshrined Impotence: Germany Joins a Dysfunctional Security Council

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2019

Germany is once again part of the UN Security Council for a two-year stint. But the council's inability to put a stop to the violence in Syria and Yemen in recent years shows the need for reform is more urgent than ever. Can Berlin make a difference? By Dietmar Pieper more... Comment ]

Former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel: 'The World Is Changing Dramatically'

Former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel: 'The World Is Changing Dramatically'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2018

Former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel speaks to DER SPIEGEL about his call for the country to take on a new global role and why Germans are underestimating the dangers posed by the current geopolitical situation. Interview Conducted by Mathieu von Rohr and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]


Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2018

Under pressure from the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her defense minister have signaled an increased willingness to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in case of a chemical weapons attack. But their options are limited by domestic reality. By Matthias Gebauer and Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 27, 2018

During an official visit to Japan, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas unveiled the first hints of Berlin's new plan for countering Donald Trump's nationalist policies: a network of countries with a shared belief in the rules of the postwar order. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Interview with Joschka Fischer: 'The U.S. President Is Destroying the American World Order'

Interview with Joschka Fischer: 'The U.S. President Is Destroying the American World Order'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2018

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer talks about the danger of war against Iran, the deterioration of trans-Atlantic relations under U.S. President Donald Trump and the serious need for Germany to invest massively in the European Union's future. Interview Conducted By Mathieu von Rohr and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2018

Germany's new foreign minister has adopted a sharper tone than his predecessors on Russia. There are plenty of reasons to do so, but it is a significant break with tradition. Berlin is casting about for a happy medium. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Sidelined: Germany's Incredibly Shrinking Role on the World Stage

Sidelined: Germany's Incredibly Shrinking Role on the World Stage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 23, 2018

With a wayward president at the helm in the United States, the world has become a more dangerous place. In response, though, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is once again steering Germany to the foreign policy sidelines, clearing the way for French President Emmanuel Macron. By DER SPIEGEL Staff By Matthias Gebauer, Julia Amalia Heyer, Christiane Hoffmann, Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch, René Pfister, Christian Reiermann, Christoph Scheuermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2018

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discusses Germany's position on Syria, criticizes U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter diplomacy and calls for a tougher approach to Russia. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]