Author Archives: Almut Moeller

What Angela Merkel should tell London

Dear Brits, Please Be Upfront! On Thursday 27 February 2014 German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in London, meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron and Queen Elizabeth II. She will also address the House of Commons and the House of … Continue reading

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berlinbrief hibernating

Due to my work at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin the berlinbrief is currently hibernating. In the meantime follow my commentary at the “Eye on Europe” blog of IP Journal, the English foreign policy journal of the … Continue reading

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Herman Van Rompuy at Pergamon Museum

Herman van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, has delivered the first “The State of Europe” speech in Berlin on 9 November 2010. The President that took office a year ago came to Berlin at a time when the … Continue reading

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Foreign Ministry Involved in Nazi Crimes

Then Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer commissioned a study in 2005 on the role of the Auswärtiges Amt during National Socialism. An independent commission of four renowned historians has now published a substantial report concluding that the wartime foreign ministry played … Continue reading

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The Franco-German Tandem is Back

The European Union is still struggling to protect the euro currency against new turbulences. Member states agree that the current Stability and Growth Pact needs to be reformed to give the sanctions regime a stronger clout, and that the Union … Continue reading

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Bundeswehr Reform Proposals Released

Shortly after Minister of Defence Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg announced the end of conscription earlier this fall, an independent commission set up to review the practice of the Ministry of Defence suggested to cut the ministry’s staff by half. The cross-party … Continue reading

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Germany Elected to UN Security Council

The German campaign for a seat among the non-permanent members of the UN Security Council succeeded on 12 October 2010. 128 of the 192 UN member states voted for Germany to take a seat in the Security Council for two … Continue reading

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Germany and Counterinsurgency

The berlinbrief is drawing your attention to a recent paper by Benjamin Schreer, deputy director of the Aspen Institute in Berlin, on Germany and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. The piece has been published in the Australian journal “Security Challenges”. Here is … Continue reading

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German Islamists Attacked in Pakistan

Spiegel Online International reported on 11 October that the victims of a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan earlier this month have been identified. The group of men targeted by U.S. forces included German citizens that were believed to have ties … Continue reading

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Heard about Resolution 1325?

It has been ten years this month that the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 in which it calls for an increase in the participation of women at decision-making levels in conflict resolution and peace processes. Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, the foundation … Continue reading

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