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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.

How Western Is Germany? Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict

How Western Is Germany? Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 09, 2014

Many Germans feel a special bond to Russia. This makes the Ukraine crisis particularly dangerous for Berlin because it raises important questions about the very nature of German identity. Are we as deeply rooted in the West as most believe? An Essay By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

The Sympathy Problem: Is Germany a Country of Russia Apologists?

The Sympathy Problem: Is Germany a Country of Russia Apologists?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2014

Should the West chart a course of confrontation with Russia following Moscow's annexation of Crimea? Many prominent Germans aren't so sure. Sympathy for Russia is alive and well in the country. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options

NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2014

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has demanded a stronger NATO presence in Eastern Europe. But that makes some in Chancellor Merkel's government uncomfortable. As the alliance moves to reassure eastern allies, Berlin considers its options. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Dancing with the Bear: Merkel Seeks a Hardline on Putin

Dancing with the Bear: Merkel Seeks a Hardline on Putin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 24, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spent many years trying to understand Russian President Vladimir Putin. But even she didn't expect him to annex Crimea. Now, she and her European counterparts are struggling to come up with a response. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Crimea Sanctions: Europe Should Impose Stiffer Penalties

Crimea Sanctions: Europe Should Impose Stiffer Penalties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2014

Germany has said it wants to take on greater responsibility in foreign policy -- and the Crimea crisis offers a golden opportunity to do so. Berlin should impose tougher penalties against Russia, even if it would hurt the German economy. A Commentary by David Böcking more... Comment ]

Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business

Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2014

The EU has imposed new sanctions to prevent Vladimir Putin from further escalating the crisis in Ukraine. Berlin has played a leading role in the punitive actions, despite protests from the German business community. There's no turning back for Merkel. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Xi Jinping's Germany Trip: Berlin Nixes Holocaust Memorial Request

Xi Jinping's Germany Trip: Berlin Nixes Holocaust Memorial Request

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 03, 2014

Amid tensions over Japan's historical war crimes, Chinese President Xi Jinping had wanted Chancellor Angela Merkel to show him World War II memorials during his upcoming visit to Berlin. Germany, however, wants no part of Beijing's propaganda offensive. more... Comment ]

Central African Republic President Samba-Panza: 'There Is Still Hope'

Central African Republic President Samba-Panza: 'There Is Still Hope'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2014

The Central African Republic has been torn apart by violence, with only the engagement of troops from France and the African Union keeping a modicum of peace. President Catherine Samba-Panza tells SPIEGEL that EU help is crucial. Interview Conducted by Jan Puhl and Petra Truckendanner more... Comment ]

Interview with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier: 'History Judges the Success of Foreign Policy'

Interview with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier: 'History Judges the Success of Foreign Policy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wants the country to take a more active approach to foreign policy. He spoke to SPIEGEL about the situation in Ukraine, the Merkel Doctrine and Germany's changing global role. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Chess in a Minefield: The Global Implications of the Ukraine Conflict

Chess in a Minefield: The Global Implications of the Ukraine Conflict

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2014

The bloody conflict in Ukraine could trigger yet another confrontation between the West and Russia. Dominance in Europe is at stake on the geopolitical chess board. While Ukraine itself could descend into civil war. By Uwe Klussmann more... Comment ]