A bimonthly magazine on international affairs, edited in Germany's capital

A Strange Double-Act
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A Strange Double-Act

Beggar Thy Neighbor
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Beggar Thy Neighbor

In the Dark of the Night
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In the Dark of the Night

Bibi’s Test Case
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Bibi’s Test Case

Pyrrhic Victory
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Pyrrhic Victory

Island of the Blessed
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Island of the Blessed

An Uneasy Marriage
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An Uneasy Marriage

overview


Barack Obama’s absence at the great Paris rally for the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks may be symbolic of a deeper rift: Americans and Europeans have a completely different view of what it takes to combat terrorism.


2014 was a mind-boggling year, marking the start of profound changes in world affairs, but also in the way Berlin thinks about foreign policy. Part of this is the “Review 2014” process Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier launched earlier this year, inviting over 60 political observers, commentators, and think tankers from across the world to put their thoughts down on paper. We offer a critical overview.


A narrow escape from the clutches of the Americans as well as the Russians – that is how many Germans saw the end of the Cold War. Will Putin’s actions be enough to remind Germans of the benefits of their alliance with the United States? Confronted with disorder in the Middle East and the rise of China and Russia, both countries need to work together – and it is high time for a new American charm offensive.


Germany’s alliance with America is not important – it is irreplaceable. It is a crucial support for the pluralist-liberal model, which is under pressure in many parts of the world, including Europe. But as Germany comes of age in foreign policy, it and the US need to renegotiate their relationship – and Berlin must play its part with self-confidence.