A bimonthly magazine on international affairs, edited in Germany's capital

Death in the Himalayas
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Death in the Himalayas

The Master of Reinvention
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The Master of Reinvention

Belarus Primed to Break Free
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Belarus Primed to Break Free

Digital Natives versus Security Hardliners
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Digital Natives versus Security Hardliners


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


Of course transparency on NATO’s Eastern flank is important. But until Russia stops its provocations, it will be hard to reduce tensions. 


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.


The White House is threatening to withdraw US troops from Germany. With Donald Trump, this could actually happen.


Germany and Europe will not find solutions to the climate crisis without the United States


Giving a flat “no” to a naval mission to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf does not solve Germany’s dilemmas.


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


Poland won’t exactly be getting the “Fort Trump” it wanted. But NATO’s robust force posture in the East, like Russia’s, still risks being misinterpreted. 


The European Union often fails to make its mark on global affairs due to internal divisions. Scrapping the unanimity requirement for European foreign policy positions could help—but it can’t come without burden-sharing.


The German defence minister has squeaked through by just nine votes. But it is the EU institutions, and not Von der Leyen, who are to blame.


The European Council’s pick is in serious doubt after MEPs left meetings with her this week unimpressed.


Last year member states agreed to reform the EU’s civilian CSDP missions. Now tough decisions loom.


For the first time in over 50 years, a German has been nominated as President of the European Commission. Yet Ursula von der Leyen’s loudest critics are back home.


By choosing Ursula von der Leyen, the European Council has thrown down the gauntlet to the European Parliament.


Angela Merkel’s carefully-crafted compromise idea was rejected by centrist members of her EPP group, including Ireland’s Leo Varadkar.


Boris Johnson may be the best candidate to avert a no-deal Brexit.


National leaders were unable to agree this week on who to appoint for any of the EU’s top jobs.


The much-heralded far-right alliance of Marine Le Pen and Matteo Salvini isn’t much different from the alliance they’ve already had.