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    The return of the German question: why conflict between creditor and debtor states is now the defining feature of European politics

The return of the German question: why conflict between creditor and debtor states is now the defining feature of European politics

One of the key geopolitical issues in Europe prior to the Second World War was how the power of Germany could be effectively balanced by other European states. Hans Kundnani assesses the relevance of these historical debates to the current situation within Europe in the aftermath of the Eurozone crisis. He argues that while Germany is no longer a […]

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    Contrary to the claims of German politicians, Germany is not taking on more than its fair share of refugees

Contrary to the claims of German politicians, Germany is not taking on more than its fair share of refugees

The extent to which EU countries take on their ‘fair share’ of asylum seekers is a contentious issue. Luc Bovens and Jane von Rabenau write on concern within Germany that the country is taking on a higher burden than other EU states. They argue that when compared on a per capita basis with similar EU countries, Germany performs relatively […]

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    German austerity is not only damaging the Eurozone, but is also starving the country of its own much needed investment

German austerity is not only damaging the Eurozone, but is also starving the country of its own much needed investment

A common argument in the context of the Eurozone’s economic problems is that Germany should pursue a more expansive fiscal policy to help generate growth in the rest of the single currency area. Bob Hancké writes, however, that while such a strategy might be justified in terms of its wider effects across Europe, the German economy itself is also […]

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    Germany and China have an emerging ‘special relationship’ which has the potential to go far beyond trade

Germany and China have an emerging ‘special relationship’ which has the potential to go far beyond trade

Trade between Germany and China has increased substantially over the last decade. Emanuele Schibotto writes on the relations between the two countries and whether they now constitute an emerging ‘special relationship’ with implications in areas beyond trade, such as foreign policy, human rights and energy. He argues that a closer relationship with Germany could reduce China’s dependence on its […]

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    The Ukraine crisis has highlighted the limitations of Germany’s ‘more active’ foreign policy approach

The Ukraine crisis has highlighted the limitations of Germany’s ‘more active’ foreign policy approach

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced earlier this year that Germany would be pursuing a more active approach to foreign policy issues. Julia Himmrich writes that while this was an important break from the country’s reluctance to become involved in foreign conflicts since the end of the Second World War, the on-going Ukraine crisis has revealed the difficulties in […]

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    Germany is accepting less than its fair share of refugees, while official data have also overestimated the number of refugees living in the country

Germany is accepting less than its fair share of refugees, while official data have also overestimated the number of refugees living in the country

How has Germany performed with regard to accepting asylum applications and refugees? Luc Bovens and Jane von Rabenau assess recent data on acceptance rates and the size of the refugee population in Germany, finding that the country has one of the lowest acceptance rates in western/northern Europe. The size of the refugee population in Germany is more moderate by […]

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