As Angela Merkel's final term as chancellor draws to a close, many say her influence on the global stage is waning, leaving others such as the French president Emmanual Macron to fill the vacuum.
The EU will only be able to face China if it acts decisively and manages to present itself as a great power in geostrategic terms, says DW’s Frank Sieren.
After French President Emmanuel Macron declared NATO "brain dead," Germany's top diplomat Heiko Maas and Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the US-led alliance. "It would be a mistake to undermine NATO," Maas said.
Angela Merkel has said that her leadership style is partly shaped by her youth in the communist former German Democratic Republic. The German chancellor also described her upbringing in the East as "almost comfortable."
The US is dismantling the foundations of a Middle East policy based on international law. Its decision to condone Israeli settlements is just the latest step, writes Barbara Wesel.
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