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Berlin Policy Journal

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Since right-wing populist parties began gaining power in Europe and the United States, common wisdom has held that their success is owed to the …


Imagining US foreign policy beyond 2020 means learning from past mistakes. While new narratives are taking hold, politicians on the American left and right …

The United Kingdom’s departure from the EU is the greatest political success for opponents of European integration. Paradoxically, however, Brexit is forcing EU-skeptical parties …


As deputy prime minister and interior minister, the leader of the right-wing Lega party has quickly become the dominant force in Italian politics. His …


First Paris, then Brussels: For the European Parliament elections, Emmanuel Macron wants to apply his winning formula to the EU level.  But the hurdles …


Europe‘s right-wing populists are shifting away from a total rejection of EU institutions. Instead, they are attempting to harness them to their own ideology, …


The far-right AfD has gained ever more popularity since its breakthrough in 2017. The party’s rise has been aided by German media and politics, …


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


The reelection of Donald Trump is not only possible, it is likely. So far at least, there’s no convincing answer to the question: Who …


When it comes to refugee and migration policy, the European Union has a knack for inventing pseudo-English terms. Itʼs highly unlikely that doublespeak will …


Under Sebastian Kurz’ leadership, Austria’s right-wing government has emerged as a center of conservative power in Europe. But the borders between right and extreme …


Will the United States remain nationalist and isolationist even after Donald Trump? German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas seems to think so. But his America …


The question of whether Germany needs to develop its own nuclear weapon is leading nowhere. It makes more sense to think about realistic scenarios …

Thereʼve been many misconceptions around the European Intervention Initaitve (E2I), launched in 2017. Amid a promising start, sticking points are mostly tests for Franco-German …


This past summer, refugee policy was once again at the top of Germany’s political agenda. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government nearly collapsed in June when …


The German defense debate is backsliding, and there’s still no common understanding of what the country wants to achieve with its military. A wakeup …