What a difference a year makes: Germany’s transition to renewable energy showed positive forward momentum, with increasing energy production from renewables, increased exports, decreased carbon emissions, and decreasing consumer prices. The next challenge is to improve efficiency.
Barack Obama’s absence at the great Paris rally for the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks may be symbolic of a deeper rift: Americans and Europeans have a completely different view of what it takes to combat terrorism.
2014 was a mind-boggling year, marking the start of profound changes in world affairs, but also in the way Berlin thinks about foreign policy. Part of this is the “Review 2014” process Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier launched earlier this year, inviting over 60 political observers, commentators, and think tankers from across the world to put their thoughts down on paper. We offer a critical overview.
A narrow escape from the clutches of the Americans as well as the Russians – that is how many Germans saw the end of the Cold War. Will Putin’s actions be enough to remind Germans of the benefits of their alliance with the United States? Confronted with disorder in the Middle East and the rise of China and Russia, both countries need to work together – and it is high time for a new American charm offensive.
Germany’s alliance with America is not important – it is irreplaceable. It is a crucial support for the pluralist-liberal model, which is under pressure in many parts of the world, including Europe. But as Germany comes of age in foreign policy, it and the US need to renegotiate their relationship – and Berlin must play its part with self-confidence.
Theresa May has survived the no-confidence vote in her […]
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+++ The Kremlin is looking to exploit the transatlantic rift, warns Reid Standish; Kadri Liik argues that the West’s uncoordinated Russia policy is not necessarily a bad thing; “Donald Trump is hostile to Europe,” explains former US deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes in an interview; Steven Pifer dissects Trump’s INF blunder; Annabelle Chapman profiles Warsaw’s new mayor Rafal Trzakowski; Ben Knight takes the measure of Germany’s CDU under its new leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer; Derek Scally explains the real meaning of a “Hard Border” in Ireland (Words Don’t Come Easy); “Don’t Count Your Spitzens before They Hatch,” warns David Keating in our “Red Herring & Black Swan” column; and much more +++