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Why Europe’s Strategic Compass Points to Trouble

The EU’s new defense strategy runs the risk of adopting a bleak worldview while suggesting measures that are inadequate to address such a world of dangers. A much better investment would be to strengthen Europe’s capabilities within NATO.

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The Pathway to a Sovereign Europe

In an increasingly competitive world the concept of European sovereignty has gained in currency. But it’s important to understand exactly what that means.

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Berlin Cable

A Chance to Shine

The new German government has made an energetic start in foreign affairs. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his ministers have a good chance to shine on the international stage, if they play their part in deterring Russia from another military attack.

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Carbon Critical

Will the Traffic Light Turn Green?

Intra-coalition infighting, questions about EU policy, a mismatch between targets and policies—no sector better represents the climate challenges facing Germany’s government than transport.

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Toward a New German Foreign Policy

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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The Engine Room: Germany, the Unwilling Coalition Partner

On various occasions in the past, Berlin has offered political support for international military missions only, citing the German constitution to rule out its own participation. This policy has run its course.

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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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Editors’ Picks

Op-Ed: The Case for a Sovereign Europe

The EU needs to improve its capacity to act. The new German government is ready to play its part in order for Europe to be seen as a strong actor on the international stage, says the SPD's foreign affairs spokesperson.

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How NATO Should Respond to Russia’s Alternative Reality

Forced into negotiations with Moscow at gun point, the United States and its European allies need to get out of the corner that President Vladimir Putin has pushed them into. NATO should state its own preconditions and not shy away from applying economic sanctions.

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Hungary in the Spotlight

The opposition in Hungary had seemed to be losing momentum, but a recent corruption scandal has damaged the ruling Fidesz party. Will it be enough to unseat longtime Prime Minister Viktor Orbán?

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Quarterly Concerns
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Time for Hard Choices on Defense

EU strategic sovereignty in defense remains a distant goal. Member states are desperately clinging to their national sovereignty—but that’s the wrong approach.

A Sovereign Europe ... and the United States

A more integrated and capable Europe will result in the United States finally viewing it as an actual security player and, what’s more, an equal partner.

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A Sovereign Europe ... and Russia

The EU member states have failed to create a common approach in their dealings with Putin’s Russia. There are a number of steps that they can and should take to forge a united front.

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A Sovereign Europe ... and China

Reducing strategic dependencies vis-à-vis Beijing, especially in the realm of technology, is easier said than conceptualized, let alone put in practice.

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