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A view of the Equestrian statue of Frederick the Great on Unter den Linden avenue with its illumination turned off on July 27, 2022 in Berlin.
A view of the Equestrian statue of Frederick the Great on Unter den Linden avenue with its illumination turned off on July 27, 2022 in Berlin.

Germany’s Energy Crisis Plan Contradicts Itself

The German government is desperately trying to conserve gas—and subsidizing its use.

Scholz and Macron in Berlin
Scholz and Macron in Berlin

Scholz and Macron Have a Perilous Ambition for Europe

The idea of “European strategic autonomy” just won’t go away.

Steam rising off coal plants is seen at sunset. The sky behind is orange.
Steam rising off coal plants is seen at sunset. The sky behind is orange.

Germany’s Frantic Push to Reduce Gas Consumption

As Russia weaponizes its gas exports, Germany is left scrambling to meet its needs—and reduction targets.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears at a press conference at European Union headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 10, 2021.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears at a press conference at European Union headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 10, 2021.

It’s Time for Olaf Scholz to Walk His Talk

Since announcing revolutionary changes in German defense, Berlin has been dragging its feet nonstop.

A visitor at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin on Sept. 25, 2019.
A visitor at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin on Sept. 25, 2019.

Germany Has Confronted Its Past. Now It Must Confront the Present.

Accepting—or rejecting—historical guilt for past evils doesn’t absolve nations of present-day responsibility.

The Rhine runs low during a heat wave in Cologne, Germany, on July 18.
The Rhine runs low during a heat wave in Cologne, Germany, on July 18.

Germany’s Economy Is Carried on the Rhine’s Shrinking Back

Rivers are critical to transportation—and drying up as the climate shifts.

Protesting high energy prices in London
Protesting high energy prices in London

Europe’s Tiny Steps Won’t Solve Its Energy Emergency

The bad policies that created the crisis are still in place.

Duda, Scholz, Macron in Berlin
Duda, Scholz, Macron in Berlin

The EU’s Balance of Power Is Shifting East

Russia’s war has opened up a vast strategic chasm within the European Union.

The Grohnde nuclear power plant
The Grohnde nuclear power plant

Germany Confronts Its Nuclear Demons

Opposition to all things nuclear was the bedrock of the modern German political psyche. Then came Russia’s war in Ukraine.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin.

Germany’s New Resolve on Russia Is Already Flagging

Berlin—along with Paris—may yet help Moscow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Alternative for Germany (AfD) candidate Alice Weidel (left) speaks with former Christian Democratic lawmaker Erika Steinbach during an AfD election campaign event on in Pforzheim, Germany, on Sept. 6, 2017. Steinbach has since joined the AfD and heads its political foundation, Desiderius-Erasmus-Stiftung.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) candidate Alice Weidel (left) speaks with former Christian Democratic lawmaker Erika Steinbach during an AfD election campaign event on in Pforzheim, Germany, on Sept. 6, 2017. Steinbach has since joined the AfD and heads its political foundation, Desiderius-Erasmus-Stiftung.

Germany May Soon Pay Millions to Far-Right Operatives

A pending court case could force Berlin to fund the AfD’s foundation.

Ones and Tooze Override Photo
Ones and Tooze Override Photo

Why the Russia-Ukraine War Has Germany Worried About Bunkers

Plus: The Faroe Islands and the economics of tiny governments.

(From right to left) Daniel Günther, minister-president of Schleswig-Holstein; Friedrich Merz, federal chairman of the Christian Democratic Union; and Hendrik Wüst, minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia, stand together in Berlin on May 9.
(From right to left) Daniel Günther, minister-president of Schleswig-Holstein; Friedrich Merz, federal chairman of the Christian Democratic Union; and Hendrik Wüst, minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia, stand together in Berlin on May 9.

Germany’s Christian Democrats Are on a Comeback Mission

The future of governance in the country looks very much like a conservative-green alliance.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Russia’s War Has Created a Power Vacuum in Europe

Moscow’s war and Berlin’s morally bankrupt response to it leave Europe without a leader.

Scholz and Putin stand at podiums next to one another.
Scholz and Putin stand at podiums next to one another.

The French-German Divide Is Back

Macron’s victory and Scholz’s wavering over Russia could shatter the momentary unity between Paris and Berlin.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin on March 31.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin on March 31.

Germany’s Security Revolution Is Already Stalling

Real change would require confronting the root causes of its security policy failures.

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