A New Era in International Relations Germany's New Government Faces Tough Work Abroad

For four years, Angela Merkel's government was unable to find common ground when it came to many foreign policy issues. Now, armed with a new coalition partner, the chancellor must develop a clear German position on a host of issues. The clock is ticking, argue foreign policy experts.
Pressing issues: The new German government will have to make some tough decisions on foreign affairs. One of the toughest will involve German troops in Afghanistan.

Pressing issues: The new German government will have to make some tough decisions on foreign affairs. One of the toughest will involve German troops in Afghanistan.

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Photo Gallery: Germany's Foreign Policy Backlog

Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan