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Germany's International Security Role: With or Without Military? - Your Opinion - Atlantic Community

Germany's International Security Role: With or Without Military? - Your Opinion - Atlantic Community | German Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
Today's international situation suggests that the need for some form of military intervention in Europe's near-abroad is only likely to increase. The German public remains stubbornly opposed to overseas military "adventures." But if Germany is to follow through on its desire to take on more responsibility for international security, can it do so without developing a more active military profile?...
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German Manufacturing Orders Decline on Geopolitical Risks

German Manufacturing Orders Decline on Geopolitical Risks | German Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
German factory orders fell more than economists expected in May as geopolitical risks weighed on confidence in the strength of Europe’s largest economy.
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Russian strategy to buy up Europe’s refineries exposed

Russian strategy to buy up Europe’s refineries exposed | German Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
Russia's strategy of buying up oil refineries in Europe could compromise the bloc's energy security, EU officials said in a draft report prepared for the region's leaders. Europe's refining sector has been weakened by a combination of high oil prices, slack demand and poor profit margins, prompting many companies to sell off refining units, which Russia has been buying.
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France, Germany to work for successful Ukraine election, Steinmeier - RFI

France, Germany to work for successful Ukraine election, Steinmeier - RFI | German Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
Washington Post France, Germany to work for successful Ukraine election, Steinmeier RFI Steinmeier was the first ever German foreign minister to attend a meeting of the French government - a sign of the importance both countries accord to...
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As Putin looks east, China and Russia sign $400-billion gas deal

As Putin looks east, China and Russia sign $400-billion gas deal | German Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China and Russia signed a $400-billion gas supply deal on Wednesday, securing the world's top energy user a major source of cleaner fuel and opening up a new market for Moscow as it (As #Putin looks east, #China and #Russia sign...
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Event Report: The Cost of Peace and Freedom - Your Opinion - Atlantic Community

Event Report: The Cost of Peace and Freedom - Your Opinion - Atlantic Community | German Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Initiative held a public event in Berlin in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation on The Cost of Peace and Freedom: What is security worth to us today? The panel included a security expert and a member of the Bundestag's budgetary and defense committees. Panelists discussed Germany's role in global defense alliances in light of the Ukraine crisis and security issues in the...
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What does a 'more responsible' Germany look like in terms of the international system?

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Ukraine's empty seat at table darkens party for Putin's new ex-Soviet bloc

Ukraine's empty seat at table darkens party for Putin's new ex-Soviet bloc | German Foreign Policy | Scoop.it

"Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Kazakhstan and Belarus on Thursday into a new Eurasian Economic Union built to rival the United States, EU and China - but the absence of Ukraine undermined his dream of restoring Soviet glory days.  Although Putin denies he is trying to rebuild the USSR, he makes no secret that his dream is to reverse the consequences of its breakup by drawing former Soviet states closer together."


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How does Germany view - and respond to - the Russian leader's long-term strategy regarding his Western neighbours, who are also the EU's eastern neighbours?

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This has been in the works for years but the recent turmoil in Ukraine makes this garner more attention.  While Russia might not be attempting to reestablish its old Soviet status as a world superpower, Russia is determined to regain their role as the dominant regional power. 

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EU sanctions and the failure of the EEAS - Trend.az

EU sanctions and the failure of the EEAS - Trend.az | German Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
Trend.az EU sanctions and the failure of the EEAS Trend.az The European Union imposes sanctions or restrictive measures in pursuit of the specific objectives of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) according to the Article 11 of the Treaty...
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Germany dismisses suggestions it's soft on Russia - Reuters

Germany dismisses suggestions it's soft on Russia - Reuters | German Foreign Policy | Scoop.it
Germany dismisses suggestions it's soft on Russia Reuters BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is not trying to thwart a more forceful NATO reaction to Russia's seizure of Crimea, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday in response to a...
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