Monthly Archives: January 2010

Berlin Sends More Troops to Afghanistan

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a “development offensive for Afghanistan” on Tuesday morning. The package, hammered out in controversial meetings between the Chancellery, the Foreign Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of the Interior over the last days, will … Continue reading

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Ministry of Finance Goes International

Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU), Angela Merkel’s Minister of Finance, is planning to extend the ministry’s impact on the international media. Bertrand Benoit, who has so far been the bureau chief of the Financial Times’ Berlin office, will head a new foreign … Continue reading

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President Peres in Berlin

Israel’s President Shimon Peres arrived in Berlin yesterday (25 January 2010). A week after the joint German-Israeli government consultations with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Berlin, Peres will stay for three days in the German capital to commemorate Holocaust … Continue reading

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New ECFR Office

The Berlin branch of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) has just moved to a new office space. Having left the Oranienburger Straße, Ulrike Guérot and her team now reside in Reinhardtstraße near the Bundestag, where lobbyists and think … Continue reading

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Humboldt Rede zu Europa on Lisbon Verdict

On 12 May 2000, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs Joschka Fischer was invited to give a speech on his vision for Europe at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. His thoughts were well received in Germany and abroad. The “Humboldt-Reden … Continue reading

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Sudan on the Verge of Another War?

It has been five years that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed that brought an end to decades of war in the south of Sudan and its adjacent regions. However, the peace in Sudan is fragile. The CPA has … Continue reading

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Westerwelle Searching for a Role

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is still searching for a role. Squeezed between Chancellor Merkel and her glamorous Minister of Defence, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the leader of the Free Democrats still hasn’t found his place in the new government. It is … Continue reading

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No Longer Exportweltmeister

Have you heard the news? Germany is lagging behind China. “China to overtake Germany as world’s leading exporter”, the FT reported at the weekend. For many years Germans have prided themselves on the title  of the “Exportweltmeister” (world champion in … Continue reading

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Günther Oettinger Put to the Test

+++New: Watch the video of the questioning on 14 January 2010+++ Günther Oettinger, the minister president of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and the Commissioner-designate for the energy portfolio in the Barroso II Commission, will be put to the test … 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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