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Berlin Observer

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


There’s a lot of talk about AI’s potential—and a lot of worry about responsibility.


With his Saarland background Germany’s new foreign minister Heiko Maas will bring a much-needed Franco-German instinct to the table.


With Germany’s new government finally in sight, Europe breathes a sigh of relief. It may prove a short respite.


The “dieselgate” air pollution scandal leaves Berlin with fewer and fewer good options.


Her fourth government a hard sell, Angela Merkel’s hopeful successors have started eying the top spot.


Watch out for Andrea Nahles, the SPD’s leader in the Bundestag.


Germany may be one step closer to building a coalition government, but four months after the election, there’s still a long way to go.


Germany’s prospective government promises EU reform, setting out ambitious goals.


Time is running out on Chancellor Merkel’s last chance to build a stable government.


The German foreign policy community is starting to sound repetitive.


Germany is facing a new nexus of foreign and domestic politics.


Coalition talks in Berlin have failed, which might mean new elections.


Few East Germans hold key positions in Germany’s institutions.

The German Council on Foreign Relations and the BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL team mourn the death of Dr Sylke Tempel.


The German election outcome signals a return to less consensual politics – which is no bad thing.


Angela Merkel won the elections, but right-wing populists are spoiling the party.