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Before the pandemic hit, Greens in Germany were on an upward trajectory, reaching historic highs in terms of membership and electoral success. Key to their emergence as the preeminent progressive force in the country was the party’s capacity to set out a forward-looking vision that resonated with society. But as Germany enters a Superwahljahr — with regional elections throughout the year and federal elections in September — where do the Greens currently stand? As Merkel readies to leave office and the pandemic continues on, are the Greens still carrying the political momentum?

When I last wrote about the German Greens…


It was the classic David vs. Goliath story. A bunch of renegade small time retail traders that got together and took on Wall Street’s big boys, giving the short-sellers a bloody nose. As this story broke, more and more traders got in on the action and joined the bandwagon.

A couple of posts on reddit and you got yourself a herd stampeding on the stock market. Reddit’s Wallstreetbets led to wild gyrations, significantly pushing the share value of stocks such as GameStop upwards. It demonstrated the power of individuals coming together in a group. …


Most recent analyses of US-German relations do not consider the possibility that the two countries simply disagree on many matters of international security. This much was clear as far back as 2003, when Berlin joined Paris and Moscow in public opposition to the US-led war in Iraq, and in 2011, when it joined Moscow and Beijing in abstention from the UN Security Council resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. The United States’ reaction in each case was to more or less ignore Germany, a policy that seldom incurred significant costs. …


The world economy has become the battleground for rivalry between Washington and Beijing. But what geoeconomic game is Europe playing?

“It’s the economy, stupid!” This infamous phrase also holds true for international relations. Over the years, the spheres of security and economy have become increasingly linked. It is the world economy, which has become the central battleground for hegemonic rivalry between Washington and Beijing. Several factors have led to this development, first and foremost the economic rise of China.

The People’s Republic has become an economic magnet slowly displacing the United States. While in the 1980s China’s share of world trade amounted to a meagre one per cent, that figure has risen to about 13 per cent. For more than…


If China wasn’t a global power integrated in the world economy, the country would probably have to be labelled a pariah state.

In Xinjiang, more than one million Uyghurs have been forced into “re-education camps”.

The Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig are still arbitrarily stewing as hostages in some dungeon; Beijing’s response to the arrest of Huawei’s finance chief Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.

Chinese disinformation campaigns have reached a new peak during the Corona crisis. The threatening posture in the South China Sea is not diminishing. And Hong Kong is losing the little freedom it had.

The dictum “one…


The following interview has been originally published by the Green European Journal.

The US election is over and Joe Biden is president-elect. But Donald Trump’s defeat was far from a landslide. What battles lie ahead in US domestic politics? What will a Biden-Harris administration mean for transatlantic relations? With climate denial ejected from the White House, how much should the world expect from the United States on climate? The Green European Journal spoke to Reinhard Bütikofer, Green MEP and spokesperson on relations with the US and China, on what the election means on both sides of the Atlantic.

Green European…


Trump’s got Corona — What does that mean?

It’s official: This morning President Trump tweeted that he and Melania have tested positive for the Coronavirus. This could indeed be a pivotal moment in this fierce election campaign. In the hottest phase of the campaign it forces Trump to stay at home in quarantine. This is a game-changer.

First, because Trump is a people person. He thrives on big rallies and being in the spotlight. His Covid infection has put an abrupt halt to this. …


“Can you trust the American leadership? Isn’t China possibly more reliable than the United States?”

That’s not a line from a Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece, but rather a rhetorical question from Volker Perthes, director of Germany’s most important foreign policy think tank, the Institute for International and Security Affairs, which advises the federal government. Perthes went on to list the Trump administration’s many instances of global disengagement (withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty, and UNESCO) and implicitly answered his own question with a resounding yes.

Something seems rotten in the state of Germany. Having been a central battleground between democracy and communism during the Cold War, the country is embarrassingly…


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The world is at war with a virus. This invisible killer is spreading at a rapid pace, throwing numerous countries into a state of emergency. Governments are fighting the collapse of their health systems and economy.

The coronavirus is dominating world politics. But it is not displacing the power politics of the world. Geopolitical competition does not take a break. On the contrary, the pandemic is an accelerator, reinforcing the fundamental dynamics already at play.

The global power vacuum in the world order is more evident than ever due to the coronavirus. It has demonstrated to a large extent the…


Over a decade ago, the world slid into the worst economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression. Governments cobbled together multi-billion dollar economic stimulus packages as a response. This crisis gave birth to the concept of the Green New Deal. The idea of using economic stimulus packages to simultaneously boost the economy and prevent climate change was gaining traction. Unfortunately, few national governments pursued it.

A decade later, the opportunity has re-emerged. The world economy is again — a decade later — standing on the brink of an economic downturn amid climate catastrophe. …

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