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Welcome to Russia’s New Reality

The Russian Duma elections show just how much the country has transformed into an authoritarian state. The new German government will need to adapt and take the future of German-Russian relations more seriously.

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Operation Olaf

With great strategic foresight and remarkable focus, the Social Democrats’ candidate Olaf Scholz is now leading the race to replace Angela Merkel. What to expect?

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Smart Sovereignty

Mere continuity in foreign policy is no option for Germany—it would damage its interests. Yet, Berlin can achieve more, even with less power.

Don’t Lose Faith in State-Building

The most important lesson that international policymakers should draw from their engagement in Afghanistan is to critically reflect on their own impact more seriously. But they shouldn’t give up on the idea of state-building.

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Berlin Cable

A Bitter End

The Biden administration’s decision to stick with Donald Trump’s “deal” with the Taliban and withdraw US forces no-matter-what has caused the disaster in Afghanistan, with Germany looking on. Angela Merkel’s time in office is ending with a foreign policy low.

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Pariscope

Defying History

French voters often punish their presidents by refusing them reelection. However, Emmanuel Macron’s brand of relatively unideological third way politics seems to resonate with the electorate. His chances of securing a second term look good.

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Carbon Critical

Pricing vs Rules: The EU’s Balancing Act

Price-based or quantity-based mechanisms, which offer the more effective and fairer way to achieve carbon neutrality? In fact, the debate is somewhat artificial—EU climate policy needs both.

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Carbon Critical
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Toward a New German Foreign Policy

A Plea to Restart the Weimar Triangle

The Weimar Triangle should become a new driver of reform and deeper integration within the EU. Despite the recent developments in Poland, Germany, and France should not give up on it, but rather enhance the trilateral dialogue.

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Time for Straight Talking on German Security

Germany needs to shape its own security context and that starts with its politicians speaking honestly with the public about risks and threats, and taking clear foreign policy stances. 

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Editors’ Picks

Hard Questions for NATO post-Afghanistan

The Western allies need to review what went wrong in Afghanistan with a genuine sense of humility. Otherwise they are bound to repeat the same mistakes in the future.

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NATO’s China Conundrum

The Atlantic Alliance is setting its sights on China, but a common policy shared by all NATO members will likely remain elusive. What’s more, Beijing will do its utmost to prevent it.

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Changing the EU’s Internal Balance of Power

The rot of EU dysfunction has one origin: the European Council—the most powerful political institution in Europe unknown to most citizens. National governments like it that way, but democracy campaigners do not.

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Values and Antagonisms

The Greens are bold in their dealings with Moscow and Beijing and ambitious on climate issues. But in their search for foreign policy partners, they often get in their own way.

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In Search of the Next Partner

French President Emmanuel Macron has banked on Franco-German cooperation, an approach that finally proved successful in 2020. With Angela Merkel leaving the scene, he needs to build bridges to her potential successors, and quickly.

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