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Berlin Observer

Critical notes on German foreign policy and a peek behind the curtain of a newly indispensable nation


The German Council on Foreign Relations and the BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL team mourn the death of Dr Sylke Tempel.


The German election outcome signals a return to less consensual politics – which is no bad thing.


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


In their one and only public debate Angela Merkel and her challenger Martin Schulz skipped difficult issues.


While Angela Merkel will likely win the forthcoming election, voters will choose her dance partner(s).


At Hamburg’s G20 summit Trump’s noisy tweets were surpassed by China’s quiet diplomacy.


Angela Merkel’s “beer tent speech” has been misunderstood.


Merkel has little interest in Macron’s more ambitious EU plans unless Paris gets its house in order.


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


Angela Merkel’s sharing a platform with Ivanka Trump to discuss the empowerment of women was a clever move.


Running against Angela Merkel in September, Martin Schulz’s policy ideas are as exciting as they are hard to pin down.


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


Germany’s “Political Ash Wednesday,” once a humorous affair, is short on jokes.


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


SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel throws in the towel, leaving the campaign against Angela Merkel to former EU Parliament president Martin Schulz.


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