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Elements of Containing Russia

A robust containment policy vis-à-vis Moscow is needed; the most important element of which is continued support for Ukraine. But a completely isolated Russia should not be the other aim.

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Russia’s War Against Ukraine
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“On China, Europe Is Not There”

Transatlantic relations are close but could be closer, says Ben Rhodes, former foreign policy advisor to President Obama. What’s missing is greater alignment on China policy. And there’s also the danger of the US turning into an autocracy.

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Berlin Cable

Annalena Baerbock’s Fighting Spirit

As foreign minister, the leading Green has given German foreign policy a fresh voice. She has been pushing Chancellor Olaf Scholz to do more to support Ukraine with weapons and even seems not to have given up on the country’s top job.

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Berlin Cable
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Pariscope

Europe Needs Macron to Overcome his Fetishisms

For Olaf Scholz, the war in Ukraine underlines the urge to advance with EU enlargement and institutional reform. Emmanuel Macron is hesitant about both—and for once finds himself on the defensive of the European agenda.

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Pariscope
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Carbon Critical

Finally, a US Climate Bill

EU trade officials might be up in arms about aspects of the US Inflation Reduction Act, but it offers the best opportunity for transatlantic climate cooperation in years.

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Carbon Critical
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Editors’ Picks

Bringing About Peace with German Weapons

For the first time, Germany is supplying weapons to a conflict zone, but its goals remain unclear. That is regrettable, since Berlin could have a decisive influence on the course of the war in Ukraine.

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Germany’s Shaky Turn to the Indo-Pacific

While Berlin has become more engaged in the region, it still has no clear strategy on how to approach it. Old principles guiding the Germany-China relationship are getting in the way.

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Indo-Pacific Watch
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“The US and Europe May Need to Identify New Approaches”

How much has US foreign policy changed, both under President Donald Trump and since? Nadia Schadlow, who in 2017-18 was part of the Trump administration and served on the National Security Council, sees a lot of continuity. She also tells IPQ that Europe needs to become more flexible.

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The Energy President

Since taking office, Ursula von der Leyen has frequently brought the continent together in the face of unprecedented challenges. The current energy crisis may well decide her legacy as European Commission president.

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Brussels Briefing
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The EU’s Confused Role in the “Chip War”

While the US and China battle for technological supremacy, the European Commission has been misunderstanding the nature of the struggle. Intervening in supply chains is the wrong approach.

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2022 Is the New ... 2001

This year is shaping up to be a pendulum year—a moment in history when the big formative forces of world affairs reverse direction. There are telling parallels with the year 2001. Europe, however, needs to draw the right lessons.

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2022 Is the New ...
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Toward a New German Foreign Policy

Making Europe Going Global

Germany’s recent achievements in taking the EU forward are considerable and laudable, but insufficient. Berlin must now put as much effort into making Europe count on the world stage.

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Toward a New German Foreign Policy
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Time to Define European Autonomy

No matter who succeeds Angela Merkel in the chancellery, Germany will need to focus on building stronger European strategic autonomy in order to be a strong and valued partner to the United States—and to other liberal democracies around the world.

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