Berlin Cable

Annalena Baerbock’s Fighting Spirit

As foreign minister, the leading Green has given German foreign policy a fresh voice. She has been pushing Chancellor Olaf Scholz to do more to support Ukraine with weapons and even seems not to have given up on the country’s top job.

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Henning Hoff
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Berlin Cable
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Berlin’s Summer of Discontent

As Germany braces itself for the tough months ahead, its squabbling politicians need to get a grip and focus on what really matters most: ensuring that Ukraine wins.

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Henning Hoff
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Berlin Cable
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Signs of the Times

Slowly, Germany’s political class has caught up with the present. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and  his Green Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck are starting to prepare Germany for a future that the country did not reckon with.

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Henning Hoff
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Berlin Cable
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On the Sidelines

Amid dramatic shifts caused by Russia’s war of aggression, Germany is getting a lot of flak for dragging its feet and acting too slowly. The Scholz government is risking its leadership role in Europe.

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Henning Hoff
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Berlin Cable
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A Sandwiched Scholz

Once again, Chancellor Olaf Scholz only moved after the pressure got too high. His smaller coalition partners are now in a good position to drive government policy.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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Zeitenwende in Slow Motion

One month into the proclaimed new foreign policy era, Germany is struggling to take on board what this requires.

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Henning Hoff
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Berlin Cable
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A Revolution in German Security Policy

Vladimir Putin and his illegal war of aggression against Ukraine have achieved something no German politician has been able to: Setting the country on the path to becoming a serious military power.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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From Washington to Moscow

Chancellor Olaf Scholz is stepping onto the world stage. And he is doing better than his critics suggest. His Social Democrats, meanwhile, are breaking with their Ostpolitik, which lately only meant “good relations” and “dialogue,” irrespective of how badly Russia behaved.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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Scholz’ Sharp Learning Curve

Berlin is getting a lot of flak for appearing to be the West’s weakest link when it comes to dealing with Russia. But coalition cohesion is better than expected, and Scholz is ready to give his foreign policy a more definite shape.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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A United Front on Russia Policy

The German government had seemed split on how to respond to another possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, including what role Nord Stream 2 should play. However, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock have now made sure there’s clarity.

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Henning Hoff
IPQ
Berlin Cable
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A Chance to Shine

The new German government has made an energetic start in foreign affairs. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his ministers have a good chance to shine on the international stage, if they play their part in deterring Russia from another military attack.

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Henning Hoff
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Berlin Cable
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Scholz Takes Charge

As Germany’s new chancellor prepares to be sworn in, the shape of his incoming government suggests that quite some change is in store for Germany’s European and foreign policy.

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Henning Hoff
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Berlin Cable
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