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Berlin Observer

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


Olaf Scholz’ early nomination as “chancellor candidate” bodes ill for the stability of Germany’s new European policy.

For its own sake and that of the EU, Germany needs to say goodbye to its geo-economic approach to foreign policy. Seven years ago …

The Syrian regime has violated practically every article of international law. These crimes against humanity will not go unpunished, argues Minister of State Niels Annen.

Trends in German public opinion point to a weakening commitment to both European integration and the transatlantic alliance.

Germany’s policy of West-orientation has been fading under Angela Merkel, but it might soon see a revival.

How much did Wilhelm of Prussia, son of Germany’s last emperor, help Adolf Hitler in his rise to power?

Germany needs to change its approach to the Sahel region and that includes rethinking its assumptions, being more flexible and standing up for itself when it comes to its international partners.

Angela Merkel’s chosen successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has thrown in the towel. Expect fierce leadership and policy struggles.

75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Germany needs to rethink how it remembers—and why it does.

Germany’s capital is astonishingly short on politicians with a nation-wide appeal.

SPD members have elected a new leadership: two unknown left-wingers. It is hard to see Angela Merkel’s coalition surviving. On Saturday morning, Chancellor Angela …

No other challenge facing German politics and industry is harder to discuss frankly than how to handle China. Why?

Isabel Schnabel, Germany’s nominee to the ECB board, has a pragmatic approach to monetary and fiscal policy.

Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall Bettina Vestring spent two years reporting from the East German city of Dresden.

The German government’s three new prevention strategies set high conceptual standards, but they need more focus.