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April, 2014

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U.S. and German Policies toward Russia

When President Barack Obama invited Chancellor Angela Merkel in early January of this year to visit Washington, the NSA affair was still uppermost on everyone’s mind. Officially, in their telephone …

Public Support for the Government’s Foreign and Defense Policy

A public opinion poll conducted by Infratest dimap for ARD-Deutschlandtrend in early March gave the government its best marks in foreign and defense policy.  According to the poll, 67 percent …

Transatlantic Relations

A report posted by Chancellor Merkel’s office on the occasion of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Berlin in late January stressed that the transatlantic partnership with the …

Foreign and Defense Policy Initiatives and Priorities

The opening paragraphs of the foreign policy section in the coalition agreement emphasize Germany’s willingness to assume greater international responsibility and contribute reliably to crisis and conflict resolution in partnership …

Contributions to Crisis and Conflict Resolution

Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Defense Minister von der Leyen emphasized Germany’s responsibility to support international crisis prevention and conflict resolution efforts during statements laying out the government’s policy priorities to …

Ministry of Defense

Dr. Ursula von der Leyen took over leadership of the Ministry of Defense on 17 December 2013. She replaced Thomas de Maizière, who returns to the post of Interior Minister, …

Bundestag Committees

The Bundestag plays a role in German foreign and defense policy through the oversight of government ministries, budget appropriations, and the requirement that it approve foreign military operations.  The work …

Merkel’s Third Government

The September 2013 Bundestag election gave Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian affiliate Christian Social Union (CSU) their best result since 1990, but it also …

Federal Chancellery

The Bundestag elected CDU Chairman Dr. Angela Merkel to her third term as Chancellor on 17 December 2013.  Merkel received 462 votes, 42 less than the total of all coalition …

Foreign Office

The Foreign Office appears likely to regain some of the ground it lost to the Chancellery during the last government. Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier is more effective and much …

Ukraine Crisis Threatens to Derail German Ostpolitik

The new government made improving relations with Russia one of its foreign policy priorities.  The coalition agreement devoted an entire page to this theme and put it immediately after the …

German Foreign and Defense Policy Handbook

The September 2013 Bundestag election resulted in a third term for Chancellor Angela Merkel, and her second Grand Coalition. On the eve of Chancellor Merkel’s visit to Washington, AICGS is …

Status of Foreign Deployments

Germany has about 4,900 military personnel deployed in multinational peace support operations.  Mandates for these deployments must be approved by the Bundestag and are usually limited to a period of …

European Integration and the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy

With the election behind her, Chancellor Merkel has been more outspoken in support of further European integration.  In the new government’s declaration to the Bundestag on 29 January, she said …

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