The idea of turning the European Parliament elections into a way to select the next president of the European Commission will not solve the EU democratic deficit.
The euro crisis has a political component. At issue is the EU’s democratic legitimacy—the need for citizens to feel they have more influence over EU decisions.
Both Russia and the European Union are at a stage when setting out their own domestic priorities and defining their respective global roles are more important than achieving an alliance.
Merkel’s rule, apparently, means a break in Germany’s life due to the lack of new political elites and leaders.
Contrary to widely held beliefs, Angela Merkel’s positions are easy to identify. She has made three fundamental decisions that have defined the structure of her foreign policy.
Despite areas of potential friction between Berlin and Washington, the fruitful transatlantic relationship of the last seventy years looks set to continue after Germany’s election.
Will the next German government finally assume the role of Europe’s political leader? Substantial change in Germany’s approach is unlikely—unless the euro crisis gets even worse.
Warsaw wants more of the same from Berlin. But the depth of Polish-German relations will depend on Germany maintaining its role as the guardian of cohesion in the EU.
The German federal election will have enormous repercussions for Europe as, regardless of the election outcome, the Chancellor will have to deal with major challenges.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will soon face parliamentary elections. There is much unfinished business that the next chancellor, be it Merkel or someone else, will have to manage.