Berlin Cable

On the Wrong Track

The German government has straightjacketed itself by a return to the “debt brake,” pursuing a stringent fiscal policy at a time when the country is trying to fight its way of out a recession. Two of three ruling parties think the approach is wrongheaded.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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Into the Unknown

2024 will likely test Germany when it comes to its two most important defense and security tasks: helping Ukraine and improving the Bundeswehr.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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Germany’s “Plumbers of Power” Lack Far-Sightedness

Just before passing its halfway mark, the coalition government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been hitting the financial buffers. Sadly, a general fiscal rethink is unlikely.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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Squaring the Circle

Germany has strongly sided with Israel in the aftermath of the brutal attack by Hamas, and for good reasons. However, this poses questions for German foreign policy that will be difficult to address.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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Germany Should Reengage with a United Kingdom in Flux

Seven years after the Brexit vote shocked Germany, it’s time for the two countries to rediscover common ground. Unfortunately, Berlin is sitting on its hands.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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A False Restart

Before the summer break, Chancellor Olaf Scholz’ coalition had pledged to stop squabbling and do a better job at governing. But old habits die hard.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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What to Expect from Germany’s China Strategy

Long in the making and paused for a while, Berlin’s new approach to its biggest trading partner will be published soon. The actions taken by the Scholz government speak of a new direction already.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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Boris Pistorius’ Budget Battle

Germany’s new defense minister has not set a foot wrong since taking over from Christine Lambrecht in January. However, it is the outcome of the current fight over the defense budget that will likely define his time in office.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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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
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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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
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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Germany’s Misguided Self-Satisfaction

Germany feels it has turned a corner recently in terms of foreign policy. But its self-congratulation may be premature.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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Scholz Goes It Alone on China

Having pushed through a deal in which a Chinese state-owned company takes a minority share in one of Hamburg’s port terminals, the German chancellor is getting ready for his solo trip to see President Xi Jinping in Beijing. It is a missed opportunity.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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