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Berlin Policy Journal

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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 …


Germany is starting a long-overdue overhaul of its armed forces that will take more than a decade to implement. Staying the course and funding …


Germany’s record on foreign missions has been mixed. The Bundeswehr has rarely been able to fulfill the government’s political aims, but militarily, the armed …


At a time when its armed forces are massively over-burdened, Paris is greatly reliant on its partners. But Germany is not ready to play …


The best way for Germany to lead the future defense of Europe is to bring all Europeans together, the United Kingdom included. But real …


As foreign secretary and secretary for exiting the European Union, Jeremy Hunt and Dominic Raab have taken up keys posts in the British government. …


There’s not much love left between political sisters CDU and CSU.