Germany Cannot Afford to be a Geopolitical Bystander

07/08/2017 | by Daniela Schwarzer


The next government must decide the price to pay for safeguarding the existing order

When Angela Merkel was sworn in as chancellor for her third term in December 2013, Crimea was part of Ukraine and German relations with Moscow, or Ankara, did not keep senior diplomats awake at night. The US was governed by a liberal-minded president who supported European integration. The UK seemed miles away from a Brexit vote and backsliding democracy in the EU was not worth political worry. Europe was not expecting a series of major Islamist terror attacks on its territory. With all attention on the evolving crises in the euro area, migration across the Mediterranean was seen, if at all, as a southern European problem.


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