The Navalny case seems to be bringing about a fundamental rethink of Germany’s Russia policy. This is a very good thing.
Implementing the EU’s ambitious recovery plan swiftly is the most important task now, argues Jörg Kukies, state secretary at Germany’s finance ministry, ahead of an informal Ecofin meeting in Berlin this weekend.
In their attempt to defuse the confrontation between Ankara and Athens, tactical differences between Germany and France may actually deliver more than speaking with one voice.
With trouble brewing in Belarus, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East, many eyes are turning to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. But he is not the power-broking type.
The EU has always become stronger when it faced a severe crisis and learned lessons from it. Germany should provide the necessary leadership in the COVID-19 crisis to make the EU more robust—and strategic.
The United States and Europe should form an operational alliance to fight global warming. Working in tandem on the issue could revive the transatlantic partnership—and help hit global climate targets.
The German chancellor has signaled that climate protection is high on her EU presidency agenda. She is well positioned to advance her goals.
Despite warning signals about a pending crisis, European decision-makers repeatedly fail to invest in preparedness. Forward-looking thinking and whole-of-government approaches are required now in order to prevent cascading effects from the COVID-19 crisis.
The Johnson government has been conducting the negotiations about the UK’s future relationship with the EU in cavalier fashion; the prime minister is banking on “English exceptionalism.” A “no-deal” Brexit or a series of last-minute mini-agreements are the most likely outcome now.
The German chancellor is about to preside over her second EU presidency. Conflicts over the EU budget, Brexit, and China are looming large.
The German government is increasingly adopting a French outlook on economics and geopolitics. The stars are aligning for a renaissance of the Franco-German tandem.
Leading Europe out of its current COVID-19 induced crisis will be a monumental task for the German EU Council presidency. Economic stabilization must go hand-in-hand with transformation.