Foreign Policy and the Next German Government

Experts from the German Council on Foreign Relations offer nine case studies

19/07/2017 | by Christian Mölling, Daniela Schwarzer, Claire Demesmay, Dina Fakoussa, Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wilfried Jilge, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Stefan Meister, Jana Puglierin, Claudia Schmucker, Sebastian Sons, Sarah Wohlfeld

DGAPkompakt 7, Summer 2017, 33 pp.

Category: International Policy/Relations, Germany

A new German government will take office after the elections on September 24, 2017. Foreign relations, security, and defense will continue to be central policy concerns both nationally and within the European context. In this collection, DGAP experts survey where Germany stands, outlining in nine separate areas the foreign policy goals it should pursue (and with which partners) and identifying potential points of friction.

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Germany’s Bundestag, February 2017.

Table of Contents:


Christian Mölling and Daniela Schwarzer

Stagnant Global Trade, Rising Protectionism, and Anti-Globalization

Are Threatening Germany’s Stance as an Economic Power

Claudia Schmucker

Germany’s Leadership Tasks in Europe

Claire Demesmay and Jana Puglierin

Germany Has Just Enough Room to Maneuver in the

Western Balkans — It Should Use it Now

Sarah Wohlfeld

A Transitional Phase for German and European Policy

toward Russia and Eastern Europe

Stefan Meister

Ukraine: A Long-Term Responsibility

Wilfried Jilge

Pseudo Stability in the Middle East and North Africa:

Few Options for Germany

Dina Fakoussa

German and European Policy toward Turkey

Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid

Germany’s Relations with Iran beyond the Nuclear Deal:

Readjusting Foreign and Development Policy

Ali Fathollah-Nejad

A German Strategy toward Saudi Arabia Should Rest on Joint

Pillars: Promoting Regional Stability and Fighting Terrorism

Sebastian Sons

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