Zwischen Gestaltungsmacht und Hegemoniefalle: Zur neuesten Debatte über eine “neue deutsche Außenpolitik”
In his recent essay, AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Gunther Hellmann examines the latest debate over a “new German foreign policy.”
Whereas ten years ago Germany described its foreign policy role as “playing an important part in shaping the future of Europe and beyond,” German officials lately have characterized the Federal Republic as a central actor in Europe ready to take on responsibility and help shape the global order—as demonstrated by the summer 2016 White Paper. Professor Hellmann looks at how Germany’s shift in foreign policy “job description” came about and what exactly that new description means. Against the backdrop of numerous earlier “new German foreign policies,” he boils down the specifics of the current debate. He concludes it is less the case that Germany needs to choose between a role as a benevolent world-shaper or a malevolent hegemon. Rather, Germany needs to prove itself on the inevitably narrowing ledge of power and responsibility before it is threatened with falling into a trap of hegemony.
The article originally appeared in German in Deutsche Außenpolitik om July 11, 2016. Read the artile here.