The Greens Are Shaking Up Germany’s Foreign Policy Debates

The Greens Are Shaking Up Germany’s Foreign Policy Debates
Annalena Baerbock of Germany’s Green party at a news conference in Berlin, April 26, 2021 (pool photo by Markus Schreiber via AP).

Voters in Germany will go to the polls in September for elections that will be unusually consequential for the country’s foreign and defense policy. Chancellor Angela Merkel is retiring after almost 16 years in the position, and three major parties recently announced their candidates to replace her.

Much attention has focused on one of the candidates in particular: Annalena Baerbock of the Green party, which is surging in popularity and is likely to enter government as part of a coalition in the fall. This could allow the Greens to exercise influence over decision-making in Berlin. What would that mean for Germany’s approach to foreign policy and defense issues in the post-Merkel era? This week on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman digs into this question and more with Claudia Major, head of the international security research division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Click here to read a partial transcript of the interview.


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