Efforts by Berlin to deny Georgians visa-free access to EU countries damage Germany’s credibility as the union’s leader in its Eastern neighborhood.
Even if there is a certain historical resonance to Germany’s resolution on the Armenian genocide, the real battle over Turkey’s responsibility is still being fought in Ankara and Diyarbakir.
A stronger German military contribution to European defense will remain constrained by domestic politics and should not unduly raise the hopes or fears of allies.
A British exit from the EU would confirm Germany’s dominance in the bloc. But it is that dominant position that Berlin does not want and cannot exercise.
The German government is pinning its hopes on a new package of education and job creation measures to integrate the huge numbers of refugees now living in Germany.
The refugee crisis is coming back to haunt the German chancellor. Vienna and Ankara are giving her particular headaches.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s goal of unchallenged power is firmly rooted after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s resignation. The novelty is that it is happening with Germany’s acquiescence.
The EU’s refugee agreement with Turkey that Angela Merkel helped secure is becoming embroiled in a struggle between Berlin and Ankara over media freedom in Germany.
Dealing with Russia requires not only a soft approach based on trust and common ground. It also needs dialogue and cooperation underpinned by Western strength.
European defense cooperation is being spurred more by the convergence of national priorities than by the efforts of institutions like the EU and NATO.