In May 1989, U.S. President George H.W. Bush gave a speech in Mainz, West Germany, inviting—or challenging—Germany to be a “partner in leadership” with the United States. Many Germans greeted the American president’s words with trepidation, fearing in part how others in Europe and in Moscow might react to the American charge to Germans—in a …Read More

The discussion of the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the current international system is as old as the end of the Cold War–by now nearly 25 years. Much of this debate centers around the question of whether NATO has outlived its usefulness. Following the classic formulation of Lord Ismay, didn’t the …Read More

Willy-nilly, the Ukraine crisis turned German Chancellor Angela Merkel into the geopolitical as well as financial leader of Europe. President Joachim Gauck, in the company of Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and newly-minted Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, started to campaign for a more muscular German foreign policy at the Munich Security Conference last February. …Read More

Though experts are relieved to see a recovery in the European economy, many short and long term challenges remain to make sure it goes smoothly. By restoring and developing credit channels and enacting policies to ensure EU competitiveness, Europe can once again achieve high and sustainable growth.

Drone technology has come to the forefront of defining modern and future warfare, helped in part by its efficiency in ongoing American military campaigns. But compared to the United States, German drone capabilities are abysmally low, stymied by a combined lack of drone production experience/capability as well as anti-drone feelings pervasive in German public opinion. …Read More

Der Westen im Allgemeinen und die Bundesregierung im Besonderen hätten sich in den vergangenen Jahren mehr um eine Vertiefung der Zusammenarbeit mit Russland bemühen sollen. Dieses Versäumnis wollten die Sozialdemokraten bei ihrem Regierungseintritt korrigieren: In Anknüpfung an das von ihm entwickelte Konzept der Modernisierungspartnerschaft, wollte Außenminister Steinmeier gleich zu Beginn seiner Amtszeit entsprechende Initiativen entwickeln. …Read More

Following the European Union elections, the main conclusion seems to be that bashing Brussels is a mobilizing force on both the left and the right and that national governments around the continent are in for even more turbulent times. That limits expectations for a more coherent, proactive, and integrated EU in the next few years. …Read More

An eon ago, when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union imploded, the Kremlin still feared Germany. Its angst was anachronistic, but useful. Today President Vladimir Putin fears Ukraine. The angst is premature, and at this stage pernicious. The contrast is instructive. In his time, Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev still thought in terms of …Read More

After India, the European Union is the second largest democracy in the world, with 400 million people entitled to vote. While India just finished its several-weeks-long election process, many Europeans will cast their votes on one Sunday, May 25. By all projections, around 40 percent of the electorate will actually turn out to vote in …Read More

More than ten years after the EU initiated negotiations for Turkey’s EU membership, the country remains locked in negotiations, with economic concerns, human rights, and the Cyprus issue looming large. Turkey is an essential country in the West’s relations with the Middle East and is a key NATO ally.  Germany, as a leader in the …Read More