To adapt its foreign policy to new challenges, Germany must overcome certain taboos inherited from its history.
The EU and the US are coming to the realization that China poses questions that neither can answer on their own.
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.
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.
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.
Carbon dioxide removal is on the agenda, even if most politicians won’t admit it.
Europe’s slow response to the bloody coup in Myanmar highlights a key weakness of European foreign policy: It always tries to play it safe. This significantly reduces its potential effectiveness.
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.
On foreign and defense policy, the Social Democrats have long been the reliable second pillar of Germany’s centrist course. But the SPD’s downward spiral at the ballot box has given way to left-leaning signaling that may well do the party more harm than good.
The composition of the Security Council no longer reflects the real world and threatens its legitimacy. A permanent German seat is possible, even though it requires stamina and an ample dose of calculated optimism.
The US president faces a number of interconnected challenges when it comes to developing US policy toward China. The big question, preying also on allies’ minds, is whether his approach will lead to a balanced, pragmatic relationship or drive zero-sum contestation?
Member states are calling for a more geopolitical EU. But they’re not giving the Commission the tools to achieve it.