Spring 2023 Issue: The China Challenge

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves after his speech as the new Politburo Standing Committee members meet the media following the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 23, 2022.
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Issue #2/2023 - April

The 11th issue of INTERNATIONALE POLITIK QUARTERLY focuses on the challenge China poses for the EU and the transatlantic relationship.


Henning Hoff

The China Challenge

The stakes for Europe to recalibrate its policy vis-à-vis Beijing are rising.

What Europe Thinks ...

Luke Johnson

What Europe Thinks … About China

In Europe, China’s charm offensive is increasing falling on deaf ears, as attitudes harden, in part due to Beijing’s tacit support for Russia in its war against Ukraine.

Cover Section

Berlin Cable

Henning Hoff

Boris Pistorius’ Budget Battle

Germany’s new defense minister hasn't set a foot wrong yet, but the outcome of the fight over the defense budget may define his time in office.


Joseph de Weck

Macron’s One Way Out of the Pension Crisis

The French president’s current troubles can be traced back to 2005, when the French rejected a Constitution for Europe only for Paris to then ratify the Lisbon Treaty two years later. A return to parliamentarism is the only solution.

Carbon Critical

Brussels Briefing

Indo-Pacific Watch

Helena Legarda

The Taiwan Visit Conundrum

President Tsai Ing-wen is traveling the Americas including a “stopover” in the United States for a meeting with US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. At the same time, the number of visits to embattled Taiwan has increased. That's not without problems.

The Wider View

Hannah Lucinda Smith

Erdogan on the Brink

In parliamentary and presidential elections in May, the Turkish opposition has the best chance in 20 years of toppling long-term ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan. However, even then change would only come slowly.

Quarterly Concerns

Anna Ayuso

EU-Mercosur: An Opportunity Not to Be Missed

The EU-Mercosur agreement has been dormant since 2019. Its enactment would be an important sign of Brussels’ willingness to engage differently with the so-called Global South.