This year’s election could catapult the Greens to power – but it may not be enough to bring about the reforms Germany needs
Note from Berlin
The future of the FCAS fighter jet now likely lies with the German Greens. If they enter government this year, the end could be nigh for the Franco-German project.
Germany should rally its allies to imbue the Office of the High Representative with new purpose and authority to fulfil its mission
Berlin has no will to rethink its long-held assumption that it can somehow improve Europe-Russia relations by engaging with Moscow from a position of weakness and betting on the benefits of long-term economic ties
The German government’s 5G security plan tacitly allows Huawei to embed itself in domestic telecom networks – with great implications for Europe’s defence and security
Germany managed to keep Europe together in a time of severe crisis. The country led diplomatic efforts to find an agreement on the EU’s seven-year budget and its recovery fund.
The election of a new CDU party leader last weekend might be the first step towards a novel Black-Green coalition government – whose defence policy could be surprisingly visionary, if the parties are willing to work together
Angela Merkel has long resisted updating German defence policy for today’s challenges. Her successor will not be able to avoid the challenge forever
Germany, together with France, aims to play a decisive role in the reconstruction of the post-coronavirus world
The Greens’ drive and plans will be essential if Germany is to regain a leadership role on European climate policy