If Europe isn’t what it used to be, this is largely because Germany isn’t what it long wanted to be
Note from Berlin
Although Germany’s mediation role in the Libyan conflict has received relatively little attention so far, this might change if its initiative leads to a peace conference – or, alternatively, a collapse of the political process
Macron’s and AKK’s distinct styles obscure a core agreement: threats to the transatlantic relationship mean that European countries must finally stand up and defend themselves
Berlin has turned punching below one’s weight into an art form. This is not good enough, either for Germany or for Europe.
Britain helped bring modern, unified, and peaceful Germany into being. Its Brexit convulsions have trashed this historic reputation – probably for good.
The German presidency offers the chance to build on strong levels of structural cohesion between member states – but citizens remain sceptical on some fronts
Almut Möller's farewell Note from Berlin looks at the three eras of German political history since the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago
The French president still wants to relaunch Europe. But after two years of courting Berlin, he is now searching for new ways to strengthen Europe’s sovereignty
For most voters, the battle over people and positions would be revealing if only it wasn’t so confusing. It is misleading to frame the nomination process as an example of backroom politics prevailing over parliamentary democracy.
With the US opting out of its traditional European role, the "German question" has returned. And European leaders will need to make sacrifices if they are to address it.