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Berlin Observer

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


Germany and France will officially launch an Alliance for Multilateralism at the United Nations General Assembly. They should consider three policy issues that will make or break the Alliance.


Angela Merkel’s government presented a “climate package” that disappointed.


A television experiment reveals how close Germany’s right-wing AfD has moved to Nazi language.


On her trip to China, Chancellor Angela Merkel did little to distance Berlin from Beijing.


Huge relief for Germany’s coalition parties: the AfD did not come first in Saxony or Brandenburg.


The right-wing populist AfD has struck a nerve in the former East Germany.


The inaugural winner of the Sylke Tempel Essay Prize for Young Women is Annabelle Chapman.


Despite Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on protestors, politicians in eastern Germany are emphasizing their ties with Russia—and practicing post-communist identity politics.


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.