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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 German chancellor has great tactical skills. But that’s not enough anymore to fend off populism and move Europe forward.


US President Donald Trump has no time for the EU or Angela Merkel. That’s one reason she’s finally talking about EU reform.


Italy’s new populist government is adding to Emmanuel Macron’s sense of urgency about EU and eurozone reform. Yet Angela Merkel is keeping her cards close to her chest.


Who will pay more? Who will receive less? The battle over the EU’s next budget will be brutal.


Berlin wants to move toward a more integrated European defense policy. Given the sorry state of the Bundeswehr, this sounds hollow.


With his Saarland background Germany’s new foreign minister Heiko Maas will bring a much-needed Franco-German instinct to the table.


With Germany’s new government finally in sight, Europe breathes a sigh of relief. It may prove a short respite.


The man from Hamburg is trim, self-confident, and highly ambitious—and he’s staying tight-lipped about his plans for the German finance ministry. His record as …


Watch out for Andrea Nahles, the SPD’s leader in the Bundestag.


Germany’s prospective government promises EU reform, setting out ambitious goals.


Coalition talks in Berlin have failed, which might mean new elections.


Few East Germans hold key positions in Germany’s institutions.


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.