Expectations have been building for the new government in Berlin to take the lead in defining the EU’s role in a shifting global order and to relaunch the integration process.
Berlin isn’t in delivery mode. German hesitancy is becoming one of Europe’s biggest liabilities and could derail Macron’s bold plans for a stronger Europe.
The repeated use of chemical weapons in Syria has exposed the lack of principles and interests in Germany’s response.
Failing to reach a compromise on EU defense policies not only affects relations between France and Germany, it jeopardizes European security.
Germany’s armed forces are in such bad shape that they cannot even meet their NATO commitments.
European countries want a stronger foreign and defense policy, but they still don’t share a common threat perception.
France and Germany have completely different views about how to get European defense off the ground.
The West is ill-equipped to deal with the post-1945 order.
Germany’s new/old coalition is unstable, yet it has no option but to stick together.
Germany’s complicated relationship with nuclear weapons could turn into a big risk for European security.