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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 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 …


After 13 years in power, Angela Merkel’s authority is crumbling.


After weeks of quarreling, Germany’s coalition parties are hemorrhaging support.


Merkel’s coalition has agreed a shaky compromise over a controversial spy chief.


Is there a power struggle at the heart of Germany’s government?


Why right-wing extremism is particularly strong in Saxony.


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 …