The Zeitenwende: Germany’s Reluctant Revolution

In this webinar, DAAD/AICGS Fellow Nicole Koenig presents the results of her research on the first four months of Germany’s announced “turning point” in its security and defense posture.

Three days into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a revolution in German foreign and security policy. Under the title Zeitenwende (turning point), he initiated a set of far-reaching policy shifts. Germany’s partners welcomed these bold announcements. For a moment, it seemed as if Germany had woken up from its post-Cold War slumber. Four months later, the question is whether Germany has really woken up, and if so, for how long? What do the first four months of implementation tell us about the scope, pace, and durability of the Zeitenwende? What should Germany do next to overcome internal constraints, advance its national security interests, and meet the expectations of its allies and partners?

Supported by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Foreign Office.

July 7, 2022

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