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Leadership for Global Security: Can Germany be an Honest Broker?

2020 is a turbulent year and global leadership is in short supply. But as the United States is focused inwards, the UK is hampered by Brexit, France is in perennial economic crisis, and China and Russia are engaged in promoting their own political priorities. Can Germany fill the void?..
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The German Constitutional Court’s Ruling and the EU’s Constitutional Certainty

The German constitutional court recently caused huge waves with its 5 May ruling on the legality, under German law, of the European Central Bank's bond purchasing programme—an essential element of the EU’s plan to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic...
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Goodbye German Coal

Last week, all eyes were on Germany, which outlined its path towards a coal-free future: The instated Commission, consisting of industry representatives, trade association members, environmental group advocates, representatives of the German coal states and scientists, presented its final 330-page report, setting lignite and hard coal an end date by 2038 the latest...
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The Twilight of Angela Merkel’s Chancellorship?

In Germany, the exploratory talks on forming a coalition government collapsed last night. The country faces political instability...
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100 Days of the New German Government

On Thursday, 21 June, the Federal Government will have been in place for 100 days. The Grand Coalition now seems to be at an impasse...
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Working with Germany's New Government

For businesses and advocacy groups the challenge of this government composition will be to deal with its specific simultaneity of change and continuity. ..
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Recap of the North-Rhine Westphalia Election

In Germany’s most populous state, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives defeated the ruling Social Democrats (SPD) in a key state election, further boosting her hopes of retaining power in September's national vote...
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Continuity in all but Name

As Angela Merkel's likely final term in office gets under way, APCO's team in Germany looks at what's in store for the country until 2021...
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