GERMANY: Geopolitical electioneering does not equal strategic debate

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Berlin’s (and Europe’s) positioning between Russia, China, and the new US administration has created an unusual amount of geopolitical debate in Germany at the beginning of this crucial election year. While this partly reflects Germany’s increased role in global politics over the last 15 years, international issues still tend to play an ultimately limited role in domestic elections. This was true even at the height of the Eurozone crisis; the exception was the 2002 decision not to join the US invasion of Iraq. It was, therefore, noteworthy that the first dose of public scrutiny for the
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