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Berlin Policy Journal

International affairs from the heart of Europe


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, …


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.


With the European Parliament becoming ever more powerful, it’s important to understand how it functions and what impact it has on the lives of EU citizens. What can we expect from the elections?