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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.

The White House is threatening to withdraw US troops from Germany. With Donald Trump, this could actually happen.


Despite Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on protestors, politicians in eastern Germany are emphasizing their ties with Russia—and practicing post-communist identity politics.


For the first time in over 50 years, a German has been nominated as President of the European Commission. Yet Ursula von der Leyen’s loudest critics are back home.


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 …


With the parties in Angela Merkel’s coalition government in deep disarray, change is afoot in Germany.


Germany’s Greens came to be the big winners of the European elections—by cornering the young vote.


Why Germany might end up getting the presidency of the ECB instead of the European Commission.


In Germany, the election campaign for the European Parliament has been particularly uninspiring.


Germany refuses to think strategically about itself, Europe, or the world. This carries a high price.


There’s a reason Berlin is so reticent about responding to the French president’s European reform proposals.

The Last Battle

In a desperate bid to win back voters, Germany’s SPD is shifting to the left. It may be the party’s last chance to turn …


How a sailing ship came to represent all that’s wrong with Germany’s Bundeswehr.


The EU’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit make for a scary read.


The first part of Angela Merkel’s phased departure from power has worked out as planned. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s road to the chancellery, however, will be more difficult.


Angela Merkel leaving the international stage may be bad news for quick EU reform. In the long run, however, her successor will likely turn into at least as good a European.


In her reelection campaign in 2017, Angela Merkel made a strategic error by not putting EU reform on her agenda. She is now paying …