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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.

France, Germany and the EU: The European Motor Sputters to Life

France, Germany and the EU: The European Motor Sputters to Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron hope to reinvigorate the Franco-German partnership. Yet even as military cooperation moves forward, the two countries are still far apart on eurozone reforms. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Interview with Germany's Foreign Minister: By Pulling Away, U.S. 'Does the Most Damage To Itself'

Interview with Germany's Foreign Minister: By Pulling Away, U.S. 'Does the Most Damage To Itself'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2017

In an interview, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel discusses the consequences of the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate protection and his particularly tough stance against U.S. President Donald Trump.  Interview Conducted By Severin Weiland more...


Deterrence or Détente: How Can NATO Best Address the Russian Threat?

Deterrence or Détente: How Can NATO Best Address the Russian Threat?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2017

With fears growing over potential Russian aggression in Europe, NATO is once again promoting a strategy of deterrence. But is higher military spending in response to the world's crises the right answer? By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Germany's Deportation Lottery: Migrants' Fate a Game of Chance

Germany's Deportation Lottery: Migrants' Fate a Game of Chance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2017

Because the deportation of rejected asylum-seekers from Germany is the responsibility of the states, a highly arbitrary system not unlike a lottery. For the close to a half-million people expected to receive orders to be deported this year, whether they must leave or not may depend on where they live. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Head-On: Tensions Escalate Between Berlin and Erdogan

Head-On: Tensions Escalate Between Berlin and Erdogan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2017

Turkey's hardline approach to German journalist Deniz Yücel has created considerable pressure for the government in Berlin, with Erdogan's statements over the weekend further exacerbating the situation. Still, the Turkish leader isn't as strong as he appears to be. By Maximilian Popp, Fidelius Schmid and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Let's End the Submission: Refugee Crisis Prevents Honest Dealings with Turkey

Let's End the Submission: Refugee Crisis Prevents Honest Dealings with Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2017

The fear that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might cancel the refugee deal and allow masses of migrants to make their way to Germany has shackled Angela Merkel's policies toward the autocratic leader. It's time to come up with a European solution that decreases our dependence on Turkey. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]


Caught In the Purge: Turkish Officers Seek Asylum in Germany

Caught In the Purge: Turkish Officers Seek Asylum in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 02, 2017

In the wake of purges ordered by President Erdogan following last summer's coup attempt, a number of Turkish NATO officers have applied for asylum in Germany. The issue is a highly sensitive one -- also for Chancellor Merkel, who is visiting Turkey today. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

Rapprochement or Penalties? Germany Struggles to Find United Stance on Russia

Rapprochement or Penalties? Germany Struggles to Find United Stance on Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2016

Russian aggression in Syria has divided Merkel's coalition government. The chancellor isn't opposed to more sanctions, but the Social Democrats favor a conciliatory approach -- and are preparing to use the issue in the coming election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


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 ]