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“There’s No Limit to the Imagination”

To turn Germany’s Zeitenwende into effective foreign policy, the country must create new foreign policy structures, Christoph Heusgen, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, tells IPQ in an interview. New ideas will also be needed. Crucially, this includes paying greater attention to the Global South.

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Christoph Heusgen
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The Scholz Way

The German chancellor took his time before committing to sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. In doing so, he has maxed out the benefits for the war-torn country. But there are complicating side effects.

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Henning Hoff
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Berlin Cable
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A New Foundation for Franco-German Friendship

On January 22, 1963, the Franco-German Treaty of Friendship was signed in the Élysée Palace. Over the intervening six decades, a united EU has also been built on this foundation. But it is now in urgent need of renewal.

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Jacob Ross
Kenny Kremer
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How Europe Can Shape Changes in the World Economy

The frenetic growth of world trade has been over for some time. Geopolitical risks are now leading to a new order. This by no means heralds a phase of deglobalization—which is empirically unlikely and would be costly economically. The European Union would do well, however, to ensure greater diversification.

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Gabriel Felbermayr
Guntram Wolff
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Cover Section
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Iran Is no Litmus Test for Germany’s Feminist Foreign Policy

When it comes to the protests in Iran, critics ask: Where is Germany’s bold new foreign policy? They are misguided, while Berlin, in its response, seems to have forgotten three of its own principles.

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Roderick Parkes
Dana Schirwon
Leonie Stamm
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Feminist Foreign Policy and Beyond
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Berlin Cable

Germany’s National Security Strategy Is in Limbo

The chancellery and the finance ministry have put the brakes on the process that was supposed to lead to the publication of Germany’s first-ever National Security Strategy in early February. Olaf Scholz seems to have written one alone already.

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Henning Hoff
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Berlin Cable
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Pariscope

Why It Matters to Celebrate an Empty Shell

This weekend France and Germany celebrate a treaty that was born in discord and remains the manifestation of their continued disagreements. Yet celebrating the Franco-German myth remains an imperative of realpolitik.

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Joseph de Weck
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Pariscope
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Carbon Critical

Europe Reminds the World What Climate Policy Looks Like

So much attention has been paid to the US climate legislation, the Inflation Reduction Act, that the EU’s own, larger climate package has flown under the radar.

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Noah J. Gordon
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Carbon Critical
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Editors’ Picks

What Europe Thinks ... About Trade

According to polls, Germans want the EU to shield their companies in similar ways the United States and China do. Transatlantic unity, however, offers a better chance for fundamentally rebuilding Germany’s economy.

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Luke Johnson
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What Europe Thinks ...
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Geopolitical Shifts in the Black Sea Region

Russia’s war against Ukraine has increased the importance of the Black Sea. It is high time for the EU to develop an ambitious and comprehensive strategy.

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Stefan Meister
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Digital Euro Blurs the Lines Between Money and Politics

A central bank-backed digital currency would put the EU in the global vanguard when it comes to taking cash payments online. But missteps could put the entire banking systems at risk if the project streamlines finance too much at home or abroad.

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Rebecca Christie
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Brussels Briefing
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Xi’s Indo-Pacific Charm Offensive

Returning to the international stage, the Chinese president has gone out of his way to court European leaders. This should not be misread as a policy shift. Rather, much suggests that there are troubled times ahead.

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Helena Legarda
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Indo-Pacific Watch
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Op-Ed: Greater Peace for a Fragile World

Germany has been working to recognize, prevent, and alleviate emerging international conflicts and crises for decades. What specific form does this work take? A view from the German Foreign Office.

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Deike Potzel
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What the Indo-Pacific Thinks ... About Europe

The European Union is viewed quite positively in the Indo-Pacific. However, economic engagement does not necessarily translate into popularity.

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David Hutt
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What Europe Thinks ...
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Protecting Eden, or the Dark New Geopolitics of “Fortress Europe”

The EU is justifying its adoption of power politics with the accusation that the outside world started it. In fact, the EU—and Germany—has been practicing retrograde power politics for some time and is purposefully blocking out the option of returning to its own, better past.

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Roderick Parkes
IPQ
Essay
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Feminist Foreign Policy and Beyond

We Need to Talk: Communicating Feminist Foreign Policy

Six out of 10 Germans have never heard of the term “feminist foreign policy” or don't know what it means. Therefore, the concept must be communicated in a way that is understandable to a broader public.

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Julia Ganter
Leonie Stamm
IPQ
Feminist Foreign Policy and Beyond
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Time for a Fair Foreign Policy

The concept of feminist foreign policy is flawed and needs to be broadened. Fair foreign policy is an alternative approach that could be less polarizing and achieve better outcomes.

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Eirliani Abdul Rahman
Jesse Bump
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Feminist Foreign Policy and Beyond
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