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June, 2019


With Germany’s political landscape in upheaval, observers of German politics may be excused for thinking that the world is caving in. In late May, …


Eating hot pot in the North Macedonian mountains, a group of Sinohydro workers is roughing it.


The second Modi government offers Europe political stability and openness to foreign companies. It also shares a view of China. This May, incumbent Prime …


The German-French initiative to strengthen multilateralism looks compatible with Australia’s interests. But Canberra wonders where the United States fits in. Acting in concert with …


China and Russia seem to be getting ever closer, but the image of a deep Putin-Xi friendship can be deceiving. The EU should soberly …


Her entire political life has been centered on Scottish independence. As Brexit looms, Scotland’s first minister may have another opportunity to make the case …

Carbon Critical: Flight Shaming

Traveling by plane is terrible for the environment. Yet aviation is very difficult to decarbonize. What’s the future of flying in a world of …


The civil war in Libya is getting worse, carrying the risk of spreading instability and extremism. Another refugee crisis could be looming.Yet so far …


Integrating refugees is painfully slow business―even slower than for other groups of migrants. Among Western countries, Germany is actually doing reasonably well. It was …


In just two weeks, Austrian politics was turned upside down. The “Ibizagate” video caused the collapse of the government and forced the chancellor out …


Thirty years have passed since Francis Fukuyama wrote about “The End of History.” In politics, he was soon proven wrong. In economics, it took …


The tech giants like to present themselves as foreign policy players, acting on an equal footing with nation states. In fact, they are practicing …


How long will Angela Merkels fourth and final government last? In Berlin, there’s speculation that her grand coalition could collapse this fall. Klaus Wowereit, …


The EU‘s foreign and security policy needs to be backed up by shared intelligence. Eventually, the EU should have its own intelligence agency. For …

The limits to European sovereignty are becoming painfully clear. It’s time to embrace a new strategy.


The United States now must create and maintain a global balance of power.