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How Putin Lost Berlin
How Putin Lost Berlin

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea has transformed Germany’s Russia policy

29/09/2014 | by Andreas Rinke | Russia, German Foreign Policy

Relations with Russia have always been particularly significant for Germany. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, various German governments have attempted to maintain close contact with Moscow. However, Russian actions in Ukraine during the first three months of 2014 have caused a decisive break.

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The Buffer Zone Illusion
The Buffer Zone Illusion

There is no “Austrian solution” for Ukraine

22/09/2014 | by Piotr Buras | Ukraine, Conflicts and Strategies

NATO will not help Ukraine directly – and neither will the European Union. But those who think they can turn it into a buffer between the West and Russia are wrong. A more imaginative and flexible concept is needed than trying to make 2014 Ukraine into 1950s Austria.

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Merkel’s World
Merkel’s World

The German Chancellor’s views on foreign and EU policy are neither opaque nor a secret

19/09/2014 | by Andreas Rinke | Worldwide, German Foreign Policy

Clear words at the Munich Security Conference sparked a debate over German foreign policy. The speeches of President Joachim Gauck, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen have been picked apart. But how does Chancellor Angela Merkel see it? It is not as difficult to figure out as one might imagine.

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Out on the Edge
Out on the Edge

Can Britain resolve its troubled relationship with the EU?

11/09/2014 | by Roderick Parkes, Julian Rappold | United Kingdom, Political Culture

Europe’s economic crisis has further damaged Britain’s already difficult relationship with the EU. While a majority of member states seeks a deepening of Europe’s political and financial ties, London is trying to recover its scope of independent action. The reasons are rooted in Britain’s historical experience of international relations, which persists in the thinking of the four main parties. Even a yes vote for Scotland’s independence may not be enough to force a rethink.

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Hanging Together
Hanging Together

Germany and the US can ill-afford a continued spat

09/09/2014 | by Jacob Heilbrunn | Germany, Transatlantic Relations

A narrow escape from the clutches of the Americans as well as the Russians – that is how many Germans saw the end of the Cold War. Will Putin's actions be enough to remind Germans of the benefits of their alliance with the United States? Confronted with disorder in the Middle East and the rise of China and Russia, both countries need to work together – and it is high time for a new American charm offensive.

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NATO Must Look Forward to the Past
NATO Must Look Forward to the Past

A NATO pivot to Asia would be unwise, even without the “Ukrainian game changer”

02/09/2014 | by Heidi Reisinger, Mark Webber | Europe, Organization of Military Defence

NATO's intent to follow America's lead and pivot towards Asia is illogical and unrealistic. The Ukraine crisis has served to bang their heads together and remind them that although the connection to the US is crucial, NATO business is in Europe.

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Britain Outside Europe?
Britain Outside Europe?

What would a “Brexit” mean, for the EU and the rest of the world?

01/09/2014 | by Almut Möller, Tim Oliver | United Kingdom, European Union

The possibility of Britain withdrawing from the European Union – a “Brexit” – has been receiving growing attention. What would it mean for the rest of the European Union, its individual members, wider Europe, and other states around the world such as the United States and Japan. The series, first published on IP JOURNAL, is now available as a DGAP publication.

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