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Berlin Policy Journal

International affairs from the heart of Europe


Negotiating the future relationship with Britain is going to be difficult for the EU. Time pressure is acute, interests diverge, and the UK’s Brexiteers …


Europe can still turn around the transatlantic relationship. But it needs to recognize the historical patterns at work behind Donald Trump and rethink its …


If humans manage to break their addiction to fossil fuels and avoid climate catastrophe, trade patterns will change profoundly. The new geopolitics of energy …


Despite operating in one of the most fragmented political systems in Europe, the Dutch prime minister has prospered for almost a decade thanks to …


Six years ago, we all witnessed the tragic events in the center of Kiev,” the Russian foreign ministry tweeted on February 21, 2020. “They …

As European governments debate whether to allow Huawei to build critical 5G infrastructure, fears of economic retaliation by China play a major role in …


After Barack Obama came Donald Trump. So will Emmanuel Macron be followed by Marine Le Pen? No, but evoking that threat could prove useful …


Many European policymakers regard Egypt as a “stability anchor.” But with high population growth and increasing inequality the country is actually very fragile. Supporting …


France is overtaking Germany when it comes to relations with Russia. But only if both countries work together can Europe hope to deal successfully …


Russia is waging a hybrid war against NATO and Europe: a coordinated campaign of military, non-military, and subversive actions. The Europeans need to do …


Crimea, Syria, Libya―Russia appears to go from success to success. In reality, however, the country’s power is declining. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin appears to …


Angela Merkel’s unideological style has led her party into a severe identity crisis. Armin Laschet is the CDU’s best hope for now. It’s been …

EUSC? OK!

How can the EU quickly and effectively take decisions on issues of international security? There’s only one workable option: bring the heads of government …


All wealth in Russia is first generation—and that generation is getting old. How can the regime ensure continuity for the future? The Kremlin has …

Editorial: A World of Frenemies

It was the strongly anti-Communist US columnist and gossip writer Walter Winchell who first coined the term in print in 1953. “Howz [sic] About …

The Dangers of Herd Life

In the digital age, ideas of human nature posited by the European Enlightenment are confronted with a Chinese model in which the state uses …