About the berlinbrief

The berlinbrief is a briefing on German foreign and European policy for an English-speaking readership.

In 1989, the people of Berlin celebrated the collapse of the Berlin wall after over 40 years of division. A breathtaking year later, Germany stood on the international stage as a unified country embarking on a new journey to rediscover and redefine its role in international relations.

Despite Germany’s status as an international political and economic heavyweight, international observers still struggle to gain adequate information on key policy discussions. Yet, with Germany’s rise in the course of Europe’s crisis, such insights are badly needed. The berlinbrief is here to help fill that gap.

The berlinbrief is a digest that provides a focused overview of the most contentious and essential debates taking place within German foreign and European policy circles. It also provides information on the people and organisations who make things move in the German capital.

As an aside, the berlin breather provides visitors with a few hours to spare with fresh ideas on how to navigate the German capital.


The berlinbrief is written and edited by Almut Möller, a political analyst based in Berlin. Her areas of expertise include the constitutional and institutional development of the EU, German and European Foreign Policy, and Germany’s role in Europe.

Almut is currently the head of the Alfred von Oppenheim Centre for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). She is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C., a member of the extended board of Women in International Security (WIIS.de), a member of the 14th Advisory Board on questions relating to the “Internal Leadership” concept of the German Federal Ministry of Defence (“14. Beirat zu Fragen der Inneren Führung”), and a consulting member of the Fundamental Values Commission (“Grundwertekommission”) of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) .

Recent publications include “(Re-)Building Coalitions: The Role and Potential of Member States in Shaping the Future of the EU”, 2014 (co-editor and author),  “The United Kingdom and the EU: What would a ‘Brexit’ mean for the EU and other States around the World? European and Global Perspectives”, 2014 (co-editor and author), “Germany as Viewed by other EU Member States”, 2012 (co-editor and author), “Crossing Borders: Rethinking the European Union’s Neighborhood Policies”, 2011 (editor and author), “Bound to Cooperate: Europe and the Middle East II”, 2008 (co-editor and author) and “Understanding the European Constitution”, 2007 (co-author).

The views expressed in the berlinbrief are personal.

Contact Almut at mail(at)almutmoeller.eu or follow her on twitter @almutmoeller.

Find out more about Almut’s work at the DGAP.


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