Central Europe

  • Is Germany's Military Readiness Problem a Critical Vulnerability for NATO?

    Germany’s military is virtually undeployable and security experts say it is too weak to meet its obligations to its allies, as it prepares to assume command of NATO’s crisis response force next year.
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  • Europe Faces Historic Test After US Quits Iran Nuclear Deal

    One week after President Donald J. Trump's announcement that the United States is withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and re-imposing sanctions, dismayed European parliamentarians spoke at the Atlantic Council with a clear voice: European sovereignty is at stake and Europe will take the necessary measures to defend it.

    "There was, until now, no political will in France, in Europe, to stand up to the US," said Delphine O, a member of the French National Assembly who comes from the La République En Marche party of President Emmanuel Macron. "I think this has changed."

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  • Braw in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Germany Should Build Highways


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  • Shaffer Quoted in DW on Russian-German Gas Pipeline


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  • Where Does the P5+1 Stand on the Iran Nuclear Deal?

    US President Donald J. Trump is expected to reveal his decision on May 8 as to whether he will extend key sanctions waivers on Iran. A failure to do so would effectively take the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—the Iran nuclear deal—which it signed with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran in 2015.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on May 6 that if the United States were to leave the deal it would face “regret of historic proportions.” The United Kingdom, France, and Germany have publicly urged Trump not to abandon the JCPOA.

    Here’s where the signatories stand on the JCPOA.

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  • Franco-German Role Reversal Reflected in Washington Visits

    The visits to Washington this week by Europe’s two top leaders—French President Emanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel—underscore the dramatic changes within Europe and in the transatlantic relationship over the past year.

    France has emerged as arguably the European Union’s most influential nation today, and certainly as Washington’s preferred partner. In this, France replaces Germany, which had a privileged role with former US President Barack Obama and his predecessors, and a dominant role within the European Union (EU).

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  • It’s Merkel’s Turn: Phase Two of Europe’s Tag Team Effort With Trump

    There seemed to be a plan behind French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visits to Washington this week: a carefully choreographed tag team effort to tame US President Donald J. Trump’s unilateralist impulses on tariffs and the Iran nuclear deal that cause serious friction in transatlantic relations.

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  • Can the Competing Logic of Macron, Merkel—And Structural Change in Europe—Coexist?

    “We are happy when people and things conform and unhappy when they don’t. People and events don’t disappoint us, our models of reality do.”

    —    Stefan Zweig, Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist, and biographer

    Lawmakers in the national parliament—who “owe just about everything to him”—are “perfect foot soldiers” for a leader with “an expansive notion of power.” He has “almost unchecked authority” and critics accuse him of “building a fawning cult of personality.”

    That's the New York Times talking not about Hungary’s Viktor Orban or Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, but rather about French President Emmanuel Macron.

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  • A Strategy for Merkel to Get Trump’s Attention

    When German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Washington on April 27 for her second visit since US President Donald J. Trump took office, she will not be weary of pointing out the common democratic values that Europe and the United States share and cherish. Trump will equally not be weary of showing his genuine disinterest for such arguments.

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  • The Coming of Emmanuel Macron

    Whatever the policy outcomes on individual issues, Emmanuel Macron’s three-day state visit to Washington, from April 23 to April 25, will have succeeded in one goal which is surely at the top of the French president’s agenda: to “Make France Great Again.” He did so by assuming the mantle of the leadership of the West, by acting not only as president of France, not only as president of Europe, but also as president of the free world. In so doing, Macron positioned himself as the equal of the American president, something no other world leader could contemplate today.

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