Twenty Years On: Merkel in Washington

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the idea of creating new structures for a post-Cold War world is still quite radical. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s approach represents a familiar way of doing business, one that continues to bank on the essential unity of “the West.” But is it effective?

Is Germany at War?

Over the past year, the Bundeswehr has emerged as a significant fighting force in Afghanistan. Yet German public opinion is reflexively anti-militarist and extremely uncomfortable about the use of force in conflicts outside Europe. Chancellor Merkel should speak candidly about Germany’s world role.