Author Archives: Almut Moeller

Row over Turkey’s EU Accession?

Following an interview with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, the Wall Street Journal reported last week that Westerwelle’s openness to Turkey becoming a member of the European Union puts him at odds with his coalition partners, Chancellor Merkel and the conservative … Continue reading

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German Law Journal: Kosovo in the ICJ

The current issue of the German Law Journal is looking at the Kosovo case, analyzing the July 2010 opinion of the International Court of Justice. This is the first comprehensive analysis of the Court’s recent opinion. This month’s issue covers … Continue reading

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Debate on Bundeswehr Reform Kicks Off

With Minister of Defence zu Guttenberg revealing his plans to modernize the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, on Monday, the summer break is officially over. The minister kicked off what will become a foreign policy debate touching on the very … Continue reading

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Mandatory Conscription to be Dropped?

The future of the German armed forces, the “Bundeswehr”, has been an issue of debate for many years. How can the country provide for a modern army, capable and equipped to carry out its duties in missions abroad? The need … Continue reading

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Alleged Mossad Spy Set Free

Israel’s secret service is suspected to have killed a senior Hamas leader, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in Dubai in January 2010. According to the Dubai police, one of the 11 members of the hit squad that allegedly were Mossad agents carried a … Continue reading

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Conservative wants Turkey in EU

The British Prime Minister David Cameron made it very clear on a recent visit to Turkey: He wants the country to become an EU member soon. Cameron implicitly criticized his conservative colleagues on the continent, Chancellor Merkel and French President … Continue reading

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Who Understands Germany’s Europapolitik?

There have recently been intense discussions in Germany’s EU partner countries over Berlin’s handling of the Greek debt crisis and its impact on the euro zone. Has Germany fallen out of love with the European Union? This is a question … Continue reading

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Sunshine Between Berlin and London?

For all those who had doubts after the BBC’s James Coomarasamy put him to the test last September: Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle actually does speak English. And he proved a sense of humour when the new British Deputy Prime … Continue reading

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Van Rompuy in Berlin ahead of EU Summit

Perhaps most Europeans still haven’t heard of the European Union’s new President. But Herman van Rompuy, who appeared on the scene in late 2009 with a new provision of the Lisbon Treaty that foresees a permanent elected president for the … Continue reading

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Berlin Upgrades Relations With Palestinians

I have been wanting to write about an interesting novelty in German-Palestinian relations for a while. On 18 May 2010, a new type of “governmental” consultation mechanism between the Foreign Ministry and the Palestinian Authority was launched in Berlin. Foreign … Continue reading

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