German Foreign Policy

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Politics Trump Economics
Politics Trump Economics

Germany’s approach to Russia, namely supporting political change by deepening economic relations, has failed

05/02/2015 | by Stefan Meister | Russia, German Foreign Policy

Russia's pursuit of politically motivated yet economically irrational behavior has shown that decades of attempted economic integration between Russia and the West have failed. Attempts to engage Moscow through its Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) look similarly futile. Germany's retreat from this strategy will have long-term consequences for both financial and political investment in Russia.

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Taking Stock for Germany
Taking Stock for Germany

On foreign policy fiascos, blind spots, and future action outlines

18/12/2014 | by Sylke Tempel † | Worldwide, German Foreign Policy

2014 was a mind-boggling year, marking the start of profound changes in world affairs, but also in the way Berlin thinks about foreign policy. Part of this is the “Review 2014” process Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier launched earlier this year, inviting over 60 political observers, commentators, and think tankers from across the world to put their thoughts down on paper. IP JOURNAL offers a critical overview.


Niche Diplomacy at Work
Germany's role in European-Chinese relations
27/11/2014 | by Sebastian Heilmann
Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, Chinese foreign policy is becoming more ambitious. Consequently, new China policies are needed around the globe. Taking a reality check, Berlin, in particular, will have to come up with creative responses. As long as it keeps its competitive edge, however, Germany, and Europe in general, should be able to build on past niche diplomacy.
Category German Foreign Policy, International Policy/Relations, China
What Does “Responsibility” Mean?
A plea for a more informed and structured debate on Germany’s future foreign policy
27/08/2014 | by Markus Kaim
Ever since President Joachim Gauck’s much-discussed speech it back in January, Germany’s “new foreign policy” debate has suffered from being reduced to the aspect of “militarization” of Berlin’s external affairs. In fact, “international responsibility” involves four distinct dimensions, with the question of “instruments,” including military ones, coming last, not first.
Category German Foreign Policy, Germany
Serving the World – and Your Constituents
Why Germany is short on foreign policy experts
05/12/2012 | by Hans-Ulrich Klose
Those who work in foreign policy are always traveling. This is a truism with consequences, since a politician who is away from her home district will have less contact with voters and ultimately lower chances for reelection. So how can we recruit young talent interested in global affairs? For starters, raise the status of foreign policy on the political agenda.
Category German Foreign Policy, Institutions and Actors, Political System, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
A Battle of Wit and Circumspection
Chancellor challenger Peer Steinbrück is bold and brash – and out to dethrone Angela Merkel
08/10/2012 | by Derek Scally
Germany is gearing up for something unusual: an interesting general election. A year before polling day, the opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) has nominated Peer Steinbrück as their man to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel. The 65 year-old Hamburg native, with his quick wit and sharp tongue, is a stand-out figure in the often staid German political landscape. He is a risky candidate for his party – but also for the current German leader. Put simply, Peer Steinbrück is everything Angela Merkel is not.
Category German Foreign Policy, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
The End of Germany's Sonderweg
Compromising on ESM, Merkel leads Germany down a more European path
08/10/2012 | by Andreas Rinke
For decades, Germany has been able to afford unique military and fiscal-political restraint. But all that is changing: first, Germany started participating in international military missions, and now with the European Stability Mechanism and the ECB’s growing political role, the swan song is being sung for the old Bundesbank philosophy. Of all possible times, Berlin has chosen this moment of peak economic strength to abdicate its decades-long special position.
Category European Union, German Foreign Policy, Financial Crisis, Finance, Economy and Finance, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
The Ghosts of Merkel's Past
What will Merkel's legacy be for German European policy?
28/09/2012 | by Derek Scally
Picture the scene: Berlin, 2035. In a packed theater auditorium a teary-eyed audience rises to its feet as a wizened old woman with a familiar bronze helmet of hair is wheeled onto the stage. Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is sharing an emotional, nostalgic reunion with Angela Merkel, three decades after she first took office.
Category German Foreign Policy, European Union, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
The Time To Act Has Come
The impetus for European security policy
18/09/2012 | by Andreas Schockenhoff, Roderich Kiesewetter
The debt crisis and efforts to save the euro are overshadowing necessary reforms to Europe’s energy policy and the further expansion of the Common Foreign and Security Policy. However, the EU’s credibility in terms of its ability to take effective action depends on the coherent coordination of monetary, energy, and security policy issues.
Category German Armed Forces, German Foreign Policy, European Union, Defence Policy, Security, CFSP/CSDP, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Flirting with Beijing
While EU leaders struggle with the eurozone crisis, China focuses its attention on Germany
30/08/2012 | by Derek Scally
Chancellor Merkel, with a big delegation in tow, is on another government consultation in Beijing, the second trip to China this year. With German exports to China rising, Chinese investments in Germany growing, and Germany's European partners struggling - European nerves are unsettled by this Berlin-Beijing courtship.
Category German Foreign Policy, Bilateral Relations, European Union, Germany, China
Getting Ready for Assad’s Fall
How Germany is helping Syria's opposition plan for an Assad-free future
01/08/2012 | by Henning Hoff
After the diplomatic debacle over the decision last year to abstain from a UN Security Council vote on intervention in Libya, Germany's Foreign Office might yet earn some redemption for its active support in helping Syrian opposition leaders plan for what comes after Bashar al-Assad's ouster.
Category German Foreign Policy, Syria, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Guts, And Some Glory
German President Joachim Gauck confronts a controversial topic
26/06/2012 | by Luisa Seeling
During a visit to the Bundeswehr’s Führungsakademie in Hamburg, German President Joachim Gauck was quite upfront. He called upon the country to develop a more positive attitude toward military missions abroad and criticized the German tendency of “not wanting to know.” Gauck took his chances on a delicate issue to spur a debate on German security policy, which is still notable mostly for its absence. Outspokenness seems to be his strategy, and so far, it has been successful.
Category German Armed Forces, German Foreign Policy, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Waiting for Angela
Are Merkel's critics angry at her or their own feelings of helplessness?
15/06/2012 | by Derek Scally
Something strange is going on behind the scenes of the eurozone crisis. If some poor soul ever comes up with the idea of dramatizing the last four years, they would do well by naming the piece "Waiting for Angela."
Category German Foreign Policy, Europe
The Tribulations of Citizenship
Eastern and Western Europe go different ways on this key issue
01/07/2010 | by Belinda Cooper
Category European Union, German Foreign Policy, Europe, Germany, Central Europe, Balkans, South-East Europe
»Germany is a Bridgebuilder«
01/11/2005 | by Shimon Stein
40 years of German-Israeli Relations: Israel’s Ambassador to Germany Shimon Stein talks to IP
Category German Foreign Policy, Israel, Germany, Eastern Arabia/Israel
Half a Century of the Bundeswehr
Fifty years later, the German armed forces look very different
01/11/2005 | by Karl Feldmeyer
The Bundeswehr has been transformed in the past decade. Fifty years ago it started out with a mission of territorial defense–and avoided military involvement in the campaigns of its major allies. After unification and the end of the cold war, however, it routinely joins operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. Yet even as the Bundeswehr’s mission has expanded, its numbers and its budget have shrunk.
Category German Foreign Policy, German Armed Forces, Reform, Foreign Deployments, Central Europe, Germany
If America Won't, Germany Must
A globalizing world needs a new economic hegemon
01/08/2005 | by Adam S. Posen
An economic hegemon is a land that is big enough economically and gains enough from an international regime itself, even if no other country contributes. Germany was the nice guy who picked up the EU check. Now it should do the same for the globe.
Category Economy and Finance, German Foreign Policy, Economy and Currency, European Union, Globalization, Germany
Germany’s Role in the World
Berlin is one of the UN’s big donors and a major peacekeeper
01/02/2005 | by Bernd Mützelburg
Germany and Europe’s security and stability have grown since the end of the cold war. The old “German question” has been solved. Embedded in European integration, a sovereign Germany has now taken on a very new role of sharing joint responsibility for maintaining international stability and order. To maximize effective crisis management in a world in which no single nation can solve global problems, the UN Security Council system must be revised–and Germany belongs at the table.
Category United Nations, Global Institutions, Law & Institutions, German Foreign Policy, Germany
How the Germans See the World
Results of a new survey from the German Marshall Fund
01/02/2005 | by Constanze Stelzenmüller
In Germany, left and right both reject George W. Bush’s foreign policy. But young Germans favor “regime change” more than US Republicans do.
Category German Foreign Policy, Transatlantic Relations, Germany
Searching for a Grand Strategy
A scorecard on seven turbulent years of red-green foreign policy
01/02/2005 | by Joachim Krause
As the outgoing Social Democratic-Green government hands the reins over to the conservative-Social Democratic “grand” coalition, it’s time to assess red-green foreign policy over the last seven years. The good news is Germany’s participation today in international intervention. The bad news is a lingering desire to cock a snook at the United States.
Category German Foreign Policy, Germany - USA, Transatlantic Relations, Germany