It will be bad news for Europe if an interim coalition deal between Germany’s two main political parties falls apart.
Attempts to rein in the internet industry in democratic countries will show who really is in charge.
If Poland and Hungary are not censured for flouting EU rules, German Euroskepticism will be on the increase.
Progress on European defense needs to go hand in hand with upgrading soft power. In this regard, the EU has not been up to the mark.
Europe’s largest economy needs to recognize that a new Atlanticist pact is needed if the West is to protect its liberal values.
Germany will have no new government until at least next February, as Europe’s biggest economy begins to lose influence and predictability under its chancellor.
The unexpected breakdown of the coalition talks risks thrusting Germany into unprecedented political territory, and the rest of Europe into prolonged political uncertainty with some serious potential ramifications.
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
The collapse of coalition talks in Berlin will have serious repercussions for the rest of the EU.
It won’t be plain sailing for Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel to agree on further fiscal and monetary integration, not least because of their own differences.