This German federal election is crucial for Europe’s future. Angela Merkel’s successor has the choice of leading Europe toward more integration and strategic relevance or abetting its gradual, inexorable decline.
A senior Chinese diplomat on Wednesday issued a stern warning to Germany and the EU over their discriminatory actions against Chinese businesses, vowing that China will not “sit idle” regarding such actions and urging relevant parties in Europe to not take a condescending attitude toward China and behave like a teacher.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after 16 years at the helm, is leaving her office in two weeks after the federal election. During the election campaign, her potential successors pledged to part course with her by being tougher with China, which raises concerns if the vital and mutual beneficial cooperation between the two countries will face headwinds.
Germans are known for their fondness for the status quo. The mere fact that Chancellor Angela Merkel has been in office for 16 years speaks volumes about their desire for fundamental change.
But, while consistency in personnel has been a defining feature of the chancellery, the world around Germany has changed massively during this period. And it has not developed in the direction that most Germans would have preferred. This holds particularly true for China, Germany’s largest bilateral trading partner.
Germany has protested to Russia over attempts to steal data from lawmakers and use them to spread disinformation ahead of the upcoming election
Two of Israel’s new Sa’ar 6 warships are shown. (Courtesy of the Israel Defense Forces)
Israel has received its fourth and final Sa’ar 6 warship as the country implements a new naval doctrine aimed at bolstering defensive capabilities in its exclusive economic zone.
Israel has been receiving the ships since November 2020. The arrival of the Nitzahon corvette on Aug. 30 in the port of Haifa follows its two-week journey from Germany, where it was built. It also came a day before Israel announced a naval exercise dubbed Noble Waters with the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.
The Franco-German relationship is more important than ever in order to deal with international crises and to develop a common European foreign and security policy. With elections coming up, William Glucroft discusses the strategic outlook with Ronja Kempin and Paul Maurice.
– Even though Germany and France broadly share similar concerns regarding Turkey, their views differ on the question of how to best respond to Ankara, impacting the EU’s ability to respond to the arising challenges.
– Berlin has favored a more conciliatory approach, not least because Turkey remains an important albeit challenging partner for Berlin. Paris has come to see Turkey foremost as a geopolitical rival whose ambitions and disruptive policies need to be curbed by a harder EU line.
– Structural domestic differences and diverging threat perceptions shape differing responses even to converging concerns.
– The EU’s current “dual approach” attempts to bridge these differences. However, France and Germany need to clarify their common expectations to overcome their divergences regarding immediate interests and strategic outlooks.