Monthly Archives: December 2009

Season’s Greetings

In 2009, Berlin celebrated the collapse of the Berlin wall in 1989. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Germany’s reunification. In 1990, Germany stood on the international stage as a unified country embarking on a new journey to … Continue reading

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Reactions to the Copenhagen Results

Chancellor Angela Merkel had a sober assessment of the climate talks in Copenhagen on her return to Germany: “The deal isn’t enough for us to achieve the 2 degree goal”. According to Spiegel Online, she openly addressed China as one … Continue reading

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“Ten Questions to the War Cabinet”

The parliamentary inquiry on the Kunduz airstrike in September 2009 starts in Berlin today. (For details on the case check the “Afghanistan” category in the middle column) This morning, Spiegel Online opened with ten questions that the “war cabinet” of … Continue reading

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Minister zu Guttenberg “Disenchanted”

The Kunduz airstrike continues to dominate Berlin’s foreign policy debates and there is growing pressure on Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Chancellor Merkel’s defence minister. Hopes of the Merkel government that with the then Minister of Defence Franz Josef Jung resigning from … Continue reading

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Have you ever heard of the “VP/HR”?

I want to write about an event at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) last week. Cornelius Adebahr, a fellow on European foreign affairs at the Council, presented his book “Learning and Change in European Foreign Policy: The Role … Continue reading

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Merkel and the New European Top Jobs

Apart from the discussions about whether Herbert van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton are suitable personalities to lead the European Council and Europe’s foreign policy (see e.g. the Economist of 19 November 2009), there has been a lot of talk in … Continue reading

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Preparing for Copenhagen

With the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen starting on Monday 7 December 2009 I want to draw your attention to some news here in Germany. Take a look at the website of the Federal Ministry of the Environment under its … 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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