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.
Mere continuity in foreign policy is no option for Germany—it would damage its interests. Yet, Berlin can achieve more, even with less power.
Merkel’s successor needs to be more ambitious in strengthening the German model, in order to be able to compete against autocracies like China.
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?
The European Union risks falling behind in the one space it has tended to lead: developing values-based digital policies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.