April 23, 2019

Germany’s search for a new diplomatic map

Featuring Julianne Smith

Source: Financial Times

Journalist Tobias Buck

Razed to the ground by the Wehrmacht in 1944, Warsaw has never been easy terrain for the foreign minister of Germany.

As his convoy speeds through the Polish capital, Heiko Maas passes first the Soviet army war cemetery and then the memorial to the victims of the Warsaw uprising — potent reminders of the bloody price that German aggression has inflicted on Europe. At a press conference the next day, the foreign minister is asked about new Polish claims for war reparations. At a public debate an hour later, Mr Maas listens politely as his Polish counterpart lashes out at Berlin’s liberal refugee policy. On both occasions, he decides not to respond.

Read the full article and more in Financial Times.

  • Julianne Smith

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is currently in residence at the Bosch Academy in Berlin as a Weizsäcker Fellow. She is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Sh...