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Berlin Observer

Critical notes on German foreign policy and a peek behind the curtain of a newly indispensable nation


A government official’s warning that Jews in traditional dress might not be safe has sparked a new debate about how to protect the community. 


With the parties in Angela Merkel’s coalition government in deep disarray, change is afoot in Germany.


The SPD has to decide how long to remain in government.


Fridays for Future activist LUISA NEUBAUER about what’s next for the climate protection movement. 


Germany’s Greens came to be the big winners of the European elections—by cornering the young vote.


Angela Merkel has said her government will look at ways to make Germany carbon neutral by 2050. Does this mark the return of the “Climate Chancellor”?


Germany refuses to think strategically about itself, Europe, or the world. This carries a high price.


The 22-year-old student Luisa Neubauer is often referred to as “Germany’s Greta.” Yet Neubauer is a force of her own.


Conservatives who belittle the Fridays for Future climate protests do so at their own peril.


How a sailing ship came to represent all that’s wrong with Germany’s Bundeswehr.


For years, Germany has pursued an ambivalent, but lucrative China policy. These times seem to be over.


The first part of Angela Merkel’s phased departure from power has worked out as planned. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s road to the chancellery, however, will be more difficult.


The experienced politician from one of Germany’s smallest states has often been underestimated–like Angela Merkel.


Friedrich Merz, out of politics for almost a decade, could become Germany’s new strong man—so who is he, and what does he want?


Angela Merkel leaving the international stage may be bad news for quick EU reform. In the long run, however, her successor will likely turn into at least as good a European.


The use of the word “Schicksalsgemeinschaft” in today’s Germany is puzzling.