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Friday, July 1, 2016

Germany’s New Global Role Berlin Steps Up

Germany's foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier explains how his country is stepping up to foreign policy challenges in the new era of diminished American global ascendancy.

Germany’s New Global Role

Berlin Steps Up

Over the past two decades, Germany’s global role has undergone a remarkable transformation. Following its peaceful reunifica­tion in 1990, Germany was on track to become an economic giant that had little in the way of foreign policy. Today, however, the country is a major European power that attracts praise and criticism in equal measure. This holds true both for Germany’s response to the recent surge of refugees—it welcomed more than one million people last year—and for its handling of the euro crisis.

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