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(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.

Afghans fleeing the country are evacuated from Kabul Airport in 2021.
Afghans fleeing the country are evacuated from Kabul Airport in 2021.

Germany Is Displacing Afghan Refugees to Make Way for Ukrainians

Hundreds of Afghans who fled the Taliban have been evicted as an even larger flood of Ukrainian war refugees arrive.

Olaf Scholz looks on during a two-day party meeting on February 07, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.
Olaf Scholz looks on during a two-day party meeting on February 07, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

The Real Reason Germany Is Always Afraid

Berlin hesitates on everything because of its ruling party’s identity problems.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets a member of the German Navy’s Special Forces while she visits the Braunschweig warship in Kiel, Germany, on Jan. 19, 2016.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets a member of the German Navy’s Special Forces while she visits the Braunschweig warship in Kiel, Germany, on Jan. 19, 2016.

Germany Has Never Been a Pacifist Power

Contrary to the popular historical narrative, the country has always prepared for war.

French fighter jet takes off
French fighter jet takes off

Putin Has Popped the EU Defense Bubble

No, the European Union cannot make the continent secure.

Members of the German Bundeswehr attend a ceremony to honor the veterans of Germany's Afghanistan mission in Berlin on Oct. 13, 2021.
Members of the German Bundeswehr attend a ceremony to honor the veterans of Germany's Afghanistan mission in Berlin on Oct. 13, 2021.

Putin United the West—but Now Comes the Hard Part

Security will require painful trade-offs Western governments may not be ready to make.

A snowman is pictured in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on January 16, 2018.
A snowman is pictured in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on January 16, 2018.

Germany Is Debating How Much to Suffer for Ukraine

Europe’s largest economy is trying to figure out just how badly it would fare without Russian gas.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a speech on the Russian invasion of the Ukraine during a meeting of the German federal parliament, the Bundestag, at the Reichstag building on February 27, 2022 in Berlin.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a speech on the Russian invasion of the Ukraine during a meeting of the German federal parliament, the Bundestag, at the Reichstag building on February 27, 2022 in Berlin.

Putin Accidentally Started a Revolution in Germany

The invasion of Ukraine is triggering a dramatic reversal of Berlin’s grand strategy.

Three fighter jets are shown; one is landing.
Three fighter jets are shown; one is landing.

Why a Franco-German Fighter Jet Is a Bad Idea

Paris would be rewarded with greater profits and fewer headaches by going it alone.

Demonstrators protest the vaccine mandate in Berlin.
Demonstrators protest the vaccine mandate in Berlin.
A military handout photo shows a Leopard 2a6 main battle tank firing during exercises as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania.
A military handout photo shows a Leopard 2a6 main battle tank firing during exercises as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania.

To Deter Russia, Europe Needs More Military Integration

German and Dutch troops have deployed a binational battle-ready unit to Lithuania. More EU countries should follow their example.

Olaf Scholz looks on during a press conference after a meeting between German State Premiers on November 18, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.
Olaf Scholz looks on during a press conference after a meeting between German State Premiers on November 18, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

The Gold Medal for Foreign Policy Goes to Germany

Berlin’s approach to the world is far better than its reputation.

Pedestrians walk past a vandalized mural depicting former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic in Belgrade.
Pedestrians walk past a vandalized mural depicting former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic in Belgrade.

What Germany Can Teach Serbia About Confronting Genocide

Overcoming hateful ideologies is never easy, but it’s much more difficult when denialism and bigotry are actively encouraged from the very top, as is the case in Belgrade. 

German Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz walks to a press conference in front of the White House in Washington, DC on April 19, 2018, after a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence.
German Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz walks to a press conference in front of the White House in Washington, DC on April 19, 2018, after a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence.

Olaf Scholz Is Coming to America on a Salvage Mission

The German chancellor has no choice but to focus on restoring his country’s damaged credibility.

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