Category Archives: Political Culture

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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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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Remember the Schuman Declaration?

May 9th, 1950 was a revolutionary day for Europe. 60 years ago, the then French Foreign Minister Rober Schuman with a visionary speech in Paris laid the foundations for the peaceful re-unification of the European continent devastated by two wars. … Continue reading

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General McChrystal in Berlin

US General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, believed it was worth spending 14 hours on a bus to make it from Paris to Berlin last week. Europe was stuck in an ash cloud that … Continue reading

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“Mein Kampf” to be Published in German?

I would like to draw your attention to a new development in the controversy regarding Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf”. So far, it has been banned from the bookshelves in Germany. But in 2015, the copyright held by the Bavarian … Continue reading

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The “Self Captivated” Republic

Constanze Stelzenmüller, a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Berlin and a regular commentator on German foreign and security policy, has just published an interesting set of theses. Her article “The self captivated republic” (“Die selbstgefesselte Republik”) … Continue reading

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A National Security Strategy for Germany

I bet you are surprised to hear that Germany does not have a national security strategy. Well, not yet. So far, there is only a White Paper on Germany’s security policy published by the Ministry of Defence in 2006 and … Continue reading

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The Soldiers Fight Alone

I want to draw your attention to an article by Nicholas Kulish in the New York Times. Kulish looks at the role of the German Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr, in the German society and discusses the country’s attitude to military … Continue reading

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1989

Berliners together with visitors from across the globe today celebrate the night of 9 November, 1989, when the citizens of the GDR made the Wall crumble and fall. There is a lot of international attention on the event that marked … Continue reading

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