All the German parties want credit for raising climate targets. But none wants to be blamed for raising carbon prices to achieve them.
A double crisis involving China and Russia as early as next year is a plausible scenario. However, the German politicians jostling to succeed Angela Merkel have presented no answers. Worse, they are not even acknowledging the need for a long-term strategy.
A proposed EU military training mission to Mozambique ostensibly speaks of new ambitions. In fact, the present approach is everything but ambitious. The EU Strategic Compass offers a chance to get crisis management back on track.
It is likely that arms control talks between the US and Russia will resume later this year. Berlin should begin considering now how they will impact German and European security.
There are good reasons why Europeans should withstand Washington’s charm offensive to align with the United States when it comes to China policy, including global governance, Africa, and geopolitics.
The failure of German and European policy in Libya has come at a high price, leaving the country in a shambles and allowing authoritarian states to play too dominant a role.
With sanctions, counter-sanctions, and the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment on ice, there is no prospect of improving relations between Brussels and Beijing.
During her 16 years in power, Germany’s chancellor has changed German foreign policy more than many realize.
The Benin bronzes have become a touchstone to test Europe’s commitment to returning African heritage plundered in the colonial era. While Germany is leading the way, the United Kingdom is still dragging its heels.
The ruling by the German constitutional court that the country’s climate law is unconstitutional is causing German politicians to press fast forward on the radical change needed to protect the climate.
When the EU reached agreement in 2020 on financing the European recovery fund by jointly borrowing on the financial markets, some spoke of a “Hamiltonian moment." It would indeed make sense to make eurobonds a permanent feature, argues the Greens’ Franziska Brantner, while Alexander Graf Lambsdorff from the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) says they would split, not unite, the EU.
Led by Annalena Baerbock, the Greens have managed to position themselves as current leaders of the pack when it comes to replacing Angela Merkel in the chancellery. Their new focus on foreign policy, and a commitment to strengthening transatlantic ties, is welcome.