German Council on Foreign Relations

Toward an Inclusive EU, Inside and Out

A German Response to Macron’s Europe Speech

On May 9, French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech in which he set out his plan for the future of the EU. Here, we imagine a response from Germany’s foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, that sets an alternative course – albeit one that connects with Macron’s aims. While we have taken the German government’s position into account, we designed this response to be bold and explore the space for Germany to move away from its traditional approach and take on the mantle of reformer.

Finance Minister Christian Lindner addresses the media along with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck during a news conference following a special German cabinet meeting at the government's guest house Schloss Meseberg in Meseberg, Gransee, Germany May 4, 2022.

A Sandwiched Scholz

Once again, Chancellor Olaf Scholz only moved after the pressure got too high. His smaller coalition partners are now in a good position to drive government policy.

Dossier EN: Russia's War Against Ukraine
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Dossier: Russia's War Against Ukraine

Russia’s attack on Ukraine on February 24, violating international law, shocked the global community and brought war to Europe – along with fears of a nuclear escalation. Europe and its allies are responding with tough sanctions against Russia in the areas of finance, energy, and technology. In a sudden change of course, the German government has approved arms deliveries that it had previously rejected. While international appeals for a ceasefire are being made to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, one thing is already clear: the European security order as we knew it no longer exists. The German government’s radical U-turn in security and defense policy is only one facet of that.

This dossier provides an overview of DGAP’s diverse expertise and activities on the conflict. See below for statements on current developments, in-depth analyses on how it could have come to this, and recommendations for action to the German government, as well as numerous interviews and high-profile discussion panels.

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