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Exit Means Exit

Phasing out a particular fuel source can prove tricky. The experiences of the United Kingdom with coal and Germany with nuclear power are harbingers of fuel exit debates to come.

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The Fragility of Europe’s China Strategy

In its dealings with Beijing, the United States has turned to classic grand strategy with the aim of safeguarding its primacy. In contrast, the EU has been pursuing a less consistent, but much more suitable multi-track approach. China’s latest actions may push the Europeans to full alignments with the USwhich would be both momentous and dangerous.

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The EU’s Worst Nightmare: a China-Russia Axis

Safeguarding its autonomy between the United States and China was already proving difficult for the EU. But as Washington and Brussels seem to be becoming more closely aligned on how to handle Beijing’s rise, Russia and China seem to be cooperating more closely, too.

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Change Drivers

Germany’s Greens have advocated for a more principled approach to Beijing for years. As they prepare for a return to power in a post-Merkel government, they are promising to reshape China policy.

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Under the Influence

For too long, Germany has been in awe of China’s economic might. That has let the country turn a blind eye to how the newly assertive global power is making its presence felt.

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Making Beijing Respect France

French President Emmanuel Macron wants insurance against Chinese hegemony. Therefore, Paris is seeking cooperation with Delhi and Canberra and pushing Berlin to Europeanize economic relations with Beijing.

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Carbon Critical

Keeping the World Cold

When it comes to climate policy, coal power and the EU’s proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism will likely cause friction within the EU-US-China triangle this year. But all sides have shown that they can work together.

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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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Let’s Strengthen European Foreign Policy

The COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call that it is time to finally forge a more united policy on how the EU approaches the outside world. Achieving this should be Germany’s core focus.

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Editors’ Picks

“I am a Realpolitiker”

The new leader of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and strong contender to follow her as chancellor, too, Armin Laschet talks about Germany’s relations with Russia and China and his stances on European policy.

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The EU Is Unprepared for a Taiwan Crisis

The US policy on Taiwan may be ambiguous. The EU’s stand, however, is so ambiguous it barely exists. Brussels would do well to prepare for fast-rising tensions in the Taiwan Straight.

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