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Berlin Policy Journal

International affairs from the heart of Europe

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 …

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.

Emmanuel Macron will need to strike a difficult balance between national self-assertion and EU integration.

Known as a tough negotiator, the EU’s future trade commissioner is used to being unpopular.

So far, Britain and the EU have only talked about exit modalities. Negotiating their future relationship will be even more difficult.

Four of the five parties that make up Finland’s current government are led by women. But does that mean the Nordic nation is a beacon of equality?

Germany’s debt brake needs to be reformed—for the sake of Germany as well as Europe.