Foreign Policy The Global Challenges Facing Germany's Next Chancellor

During this month's election, the candidates didn't say much about geopolitics and Germany's role in the world. That could come back to haunt Berlin in the coming months. A preview of what to expect from Washington, Paris, Brussels, Moscow and Beijing in the months to come.
World leaders at the virtual climate summit in April 2021

World leaders at the virtual climate summit in April 2021

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The U.S. and Chinese flags during a naval maneuver in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in June 2016

The U.S. and Chinese flags during a naval maneuver in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in June 2016

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President Joe Biden after announcing the hasty withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan

President Joe Biden after announcing the hasty withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a meeting of the European Council in Brussels

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a meeting of the European Council in Brussels

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Excellent relations: Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats during a visit with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris this month

Excellent relations: Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats during a visit with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris this month

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Russian President Vladimir Putin at a naval parade in St. Petersburg in July

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a naval parade in St. Petersburg in July

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Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to a naval base on the South China Sea island of Hainan

Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to a naval base on the South China Sea island of Hainan

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