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Bettina Vestring
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is a freelance journalist based in Berlin. She writes on foreign and security policy and EU affairs.

Reactions in Berlin to the French president’s proposals for EU reform have been muted – for now.


Angela Merkel won the elections, but right-wing populists are spoiling the party.


Polish demands for war reparations from Germany could undermine the post-1945 order.


The European Court of Justice’s ruling on relocating refugees deepens the rift within the EU.


One year on from the Brexit vote, the EU’s political landscape is profoundly changed.


Europe’s future hinges on relations between Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron.


Frauke Petry, leader of the Alternative für Deutschland party, has lost out to the radicals.


Germany’s Social Democrats are turning defense spending into an election issue.


What to learn from Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s election as president of Germany.


Germany’s anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland is moving into neo-Nazi territory.


Don’t read too much into Angela Merkel’s proposal for a burqa ban.


In Austria, Germany’s political parties catch an awful glimpse of the future.


A furious president, an outdated law, and an unrepentant comedian have caught Germany’s chancellor in a double bind.


Why the regional elections of March 13 signal a shift in Germany’s political landscape.


Why Germany is engaging in France’s war against the so-called Islamic State.


The current wave of immigration presents a huge opportunity for Europe.