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Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Munich special edition: Is it time to worry about Germany?

It’s easy to understand why Germans defend the status quo, which has served them well over the past few decades. What’s unclear is how Germany will react with so many certainties shaken: the shape of the EU, relations with the U.S., the stability of German politics, and the durability of economic growth.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

European Union Germany

Wed, Feb 12, 2020

The German center does not hold

As Germans continue to come to grips with the political fall-out of the debacle in Thuringia and the selection of a new leader for the CDU, one thing is clear, the political stability offered by the dominance of the center-left and center-right that typified the Federal Republic of Germany is anything but certain in the months and years to come.

New Atlanticist by Michael John Williams

Elections Germany

Fri, Dec 20, 2019

Morningstar and Fried quoted in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Nord Stream 2 sanctions

In the News by Atlantic Council

Eastern Europe Economic Sanctions

Tue, Dec 17, 2019

Russia gas pipeline sanctions legislation (PEES Act): A way ahead

Enacting the sanctions mandated by the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEES Act), for all its careful crafting, may not actually block Nord Stream II but may instead burden the US-German relationship. Rather than impose sanctions, the administration should waive them for now but prepare even stronger contingency sanctions to be implemented should the Kremlin once again use gas exports as political leverage against Ukraine, Central Europe, or the Baltics.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Economic Sanctions European Union

Wed, Dec 11, 2019

Russia-Ukraine Paris peace talks: The view from Berlin

Monday’s Normandy Four summit in the French capital saw German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron sitting down with Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Vladimir Putin in a bid to end years of deadly stalemate and bring to an end the undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine in the Donbas. What kind of impression did the long-awaited Paris summit make in Berlin?

UkraineAlert by Mattia Nelles

Conflict Germany

Fri, Dec 6, 2019

Reconstruction and security sector reform in Syria must go hand in hand

The structure and characteristics of the pre-conflict Syrian security sector contributed heavily to the outbreak of the Syrian civil war; for decades, it stood for corruption, discrimination, violent repression, and large-scale human rights abuses. When the Arab Spring began to unfold in Egypt and Tunisia in early 2011, a group of Syrian school boys got […]

SyriaSource by Nora-Elise Beck and Lars Döbert

Germany Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

Ukraine faces a decisive December in a rapidly deteriorating geopolitical climate

With a NATO summit in London and long awaited peace talks in Paris, December is shaping up to be a decisive month for Ukraine, but the geopolitical climate is far from favorable and could deteriorate further.

UkraineAlert by Stephen Blank

Conflict France

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

A walk through Berlin: Thirty years after the Fall

John Dunton-Downer provides a glimpse of Berlin as it celebrates its recovered unity three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Photo Essay by John Dunton-Downer

Germany

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

Die Mauer im Kopf: The legacy of division in German politics

Pressures from a new global economy and rising rates of migration have collided with the deeply rooted past of a divided Germany to make political predictability a thing of the past. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany is still grappling with a division— the Wall in the minds of the people, rather than an actual physical barrier of steel and concrete.

Long Take by Michael John Williams

Elections Germany

Wed, Nov 6, 2019

What the US learned from the fall of the Wall

After forty years of the Iron Curtain and a divided Germany, it was clear that the US president was in no hurry to dance atop the wall and claim victory if it came at the cost of the US vision for a Europe whole and free.

New Atlanticist by Jasper Gilardi

Germany United States and Canada