[On the D-10's definition and inclusion criteria] For example, Hungary, Russia or China are obviously never going to be included in a D-10. But with the current Polish or Indian governments you are already entering a gray zone.
[President-elect Joe Biden's remarks'] ‘America is Back’ means something very different than if George W Bush had said it, or even if Obama had said it in the context. And this means that this is a different kind of America – not a rapacious America First at whatever price, but one that makes a very sober assessment of its options and limitations of power.
On November 9, Constanze Stelzenmueller discussed the impact of the 2020 U.S. presidential election on American foreign policy and the international liberal order at the Financial Times’s Global Boardroom conference.
The Reagan era ushered in four decades of a deliberate degradation and disinvestment in the institutions of the state, based on the theory that small government is good and the rest can be taken care of by markets. That is what sets apart this American moment from other moments in Western democracies that also are struggling with this pandemic.
I have sympathy for the criticism of Germany’s low defense spending, which does set a bad example for other member states who spend even less – it’s against Europe’s and our own interest. Moving Eucom to Belgium actually makes sense, but I find the strategic rationale for the other movements much less persuasive.
The characteristics that distinguish her have come to the fore in the pandemic, which is measured, facts-based, evidence-based, consensus-oriented leadership. Germany wouldn't have weathered it so well had she not worked very hard at buying the scenery to get all the minister presidents in line.
[COVID-19 has] thrown a brutal spotlight on the flaws, deficiencies and the disrepair both for the international order and national order, and where there have been flaws and weaknesses, the pandemic has ripped through with particular brutality.
[Chancellor Merkel] was appealing to people’s sense of responsibility and their ability as citizens to assess the risk and then do the right thing. It seems clear to me that she decided that this was an exceptional emergency and therefore required a different approach.