Toward a New German Foreign Policy

On September 26, 2021, Germany will elect a new parliament. Angela Merkel, chancellor for the past 16 years, will leave office once a new government is formed. The post-Merkel era will require a resetting of Germany's European and foreign policy, which will need to adapt to new realities. On this page, INTERNATIONALE POLITIK QUARTERLY hosts an international debate on Germany's future course in foreign affairs.

Smart Sovereignty

Mere continuity in foreign policy is no option for Germany—it would damage its interests. Yet, Berlin can achieve more, even with less power.

Germany's Acid Test: Systemic Competition

Merkel’s successor needs to be more ambitious in strengthening the German model, in order to be able to compete against autocracies like China.

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A Plea to Restart the Weimar Triangle

The Weimar Triangle should become a new driver of reform and deeper integration within the EU. Despite the recent developments in Poland, Germany, and France should not give up on it, but rather enhance the trilateral dialogue.

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Time for Straight Talking on German Security

Germany needs to shape its own security context and that starts with its politicians speaking honestly with the public about risks and threats, and taking clear foreign policy stances. 

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New Defense Realities

At the close of the Merkel era Germany’s armed forces face a wide array of challenges most political parties have not even started to acknowledge, never mind address.

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“Germany, We Need to Talk”

Debate about what can and should be done in German foreign and security policy will only find real resonance if it can make Germans understand that this is about their immediate and very personal future.

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