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Wed, Jul 29, 2020

What hurts NATO the most is not the troop reductions. It’s the divisive approach to Europe.

At the end of the day, the strength of the Alliance lies less in the number of troops deployed than in the trust among allies. Rebuilding that trust should be the main task of those who care about transatlantic relations—and the first step might be restoring the predictability of American foreign policy.

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel

Defense Policy Germany

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

US opens door to Nord Stream II sanctions and transatlantic tensions

While nominally targeting Nord Stream II, Pompeo's sanctions announcement may pit the United States against its NATO ally Germany in a stand-off over the long-disputed project.

New Atlanticist by Brian O'Toole and Daniel Fried

Economic Sanctions Germany

Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Germany and Merkel have a shot at making both European and transatlantic history

History rarely provides major countries and their leaders the enormity of the second chance that Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel now enjoy as they begin their six-month European Union presidency.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

China European Union

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Tying loose ends and asking hard questions: What Germany’s EU presidency can achieve on defense

Germany's challenge will be to tie the loose ends on defense and, building on the groundwork of the previous years, prepare for the future by asking hard questions about where Europe is going on this issue.

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel

Defense Policy European Union

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Berlin takes over the EU presidency: Lower your expectations

If Germany achieves a breakthrough on even one of the big-ticket items of its presidency, it is despite the chancellor and its political elites’ legacy of European policy over the last decade. Those betting wisely would do best to lower expectations for a Germany that has yet to have a moment of truth with itself about its role in Europe and the world.

New Atlanticist by Jörn Fleck

Coronavirus European Union

Thu, Jul 2, 2020

What Poland wants when it comes to US troops

It's not a place the Polish government wants to be: caught between its crucial transatlantic ally the United States and its neighbor, Europe's most powerful country, Germany.

New Atlanticist by Teri Schultz

Defense Policy Germany

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

Germany may not like the American messenger. But it should heed his message.

The US president and the German government have given up on one another and withdrawn to their own camps, ignoring the growing structural issues in their bilateral ties that promise to linger no matter who wins the US presidential elections this fall.

New Atlanticist by Jeffrey Lightfoot

Defense Policy Germany

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

What’s at stake in Trump’s plans to withdraw troops from Germany

On June 15, US President Donald J. Trump confirmed press reports that he is planning to pull 9,500 US troops out of Germany, leaving 25,000 in the country. Here’s how the Atlantic Council’s experts are assessing the decision and its significance.

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

Defense Policy Germany

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

German defense minister responds to US plans for a troop drawdown

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has warned that the US President Donald J. Trump administration's planned withdrawal of 9,500 American troops from her country—a move announced by the US president earlier this month—must not send Russia the signal “that the US is less interested in Europe.”

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Germany NATO

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

The US is defending Europe by blocking Putin’s pipeline

Berlin has slammed US plans to impose harsh new sanctions on Vladimir Putin's Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but critics see the project as a direct threat to European security and energy independence.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

European Union Geopolitics & Energy Security