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Berlin Policy Journal

International affairs from the heart of Europe

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 …

California Calling

The Golden State is a heavyweight when it comes to fighting climate change and setting tech policy. It is time European leaders found their …

Words Don’t Come Easy: “Predavstvo”

For many in the newly renamed country of North Macedonia, French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to block EU accession talks was a “betrayal.” It …

Carbon Critical: The Four Camps of the New Climate Debate

As the 2020s begin, hardly anyone is ignoring or denying climate change anymore. We are all either Carbonists, Lukewarmists, Techno-Mitigators, or Alarmists. The global …

Close-Up: Andrej Plenković

Croatia, for the first time ever, is holding the rotating EU presidency. Its prime minister had been hoping for a chance to shine. But …

The Tech Cold War Illusion

While the United States and China are engaged in a great tech rivalry, analogies with the East-West conflict before 1989 are misplaced. “The AI …

Weaponizing the Economy

Tariffs, investments, infrastructure projects: the instruments of global power rivalry have changed. To assert themselves, Germany and Europe need to learn the rules of …

Caught in the Headlights

There have been multiple shocks since 2014: Russia’s war against Ukraine, Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron’s bold initiatives. Berlin’s only answer …

Europe by Numbers: A Very British Election

By winning 365 of the 650 parliamentary seats, Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have changed Britain’s political landscape for the next five years, possibly for the …


Is Germany’s elder statesman Wolfgang Schäuble the Berlin ally French President Emmanuel Macron never had?

Red Herring & Black Swan: Ground Control to Ivory Tower

Academics often complain about being ignored by decision-makers. Yet people in power are neither uninterested nor uneducated. It’s the academic way of writing and …

“Putin and Xi Want  to Split Apart Allies”

Germany needs to take the twin threats of Russia and China more seriously, argues Republican Senator TOM COTTON, a member of the US Senate …

Europe by Numbers: Plane Accounting

Does Europe have the military power to implement Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s idea for a protection zone in Syria?


The EU can no longer afford to conduct a foreign policy based on the lowest common denominator. It needs to adapt to new realities―and fast.


On external relations, the next European Commission needs to
think bigger than its predecessors.