Germany's new foreign policy

What does global responsibility in the 21st century mean?

Does the new German government need to formulate a new foreign policy? President Gauck, Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Defence Minister von der Leyen have initiated a debate on Germany taking on more international responsibility. The German media has focussed primarily on the question of the potential involvement of the Bundeswehr in Africa. But the military question, taken in isolation, is misleading. Germany’s foreign policy challenges are much broader than that. What will it take to shape the 21st century international order? What non-military contributions must Germany make? With regard to Africa, what tasks are the most pressing? And how does all of this fit with the perspective of a common European foreign policy? What do the citizens of Europe think about promoting democracy in other countries? What do they think of using military means? How can democracy and peace be promoted in "weak" states?

In this special, the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) presents its latest work on the role of Germany and Europe in dealing with global challenges that must be overcome in the coming decades.

Research Staff


Entwicklungspolitik im Gefüge einer "neuen deutschen Außenpolitik“
Grävingholt, Jörn (2016)
in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ) 28-29/2016, 38-43

Charlie Hebdo als Wendepunkt der Weltpolitik? Was Europa tun kann
Messner, Dirk (2015)

Die aktuelle Kolumne, 21.01.2015

Aid reform: southern voices excluded from crucial discussions 
Keijzer, Niels / Adam Moe Fejerskov (2014)

in: The Guardian, 15 December 2014

Zusammenarbeit ist menschlich
Messner, Dirk / Alejandro Guarín (2014)

In: Frankfurter Rundschau 5 February 2014, 10

Germany’s Power of Influence - The Reorientation of German Foreign Policy
Messner, Dirk / Jörg Faust
Diplomatisches Magazin, April 2014

„Beyond Aid“ und die Zukunft der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Janus, Heiner / Stephan Klingebiel / Sebastian Paulo (2014)

Analysen und Stellungnahmen 7/2014

With new expectations: German Foreign Policy is too complex to be left only to political insiders
Andrew F. Cooper

The Current Column of 28 February 2014

An African Perspective: Pointers for Germany’s Foreign Policy Direction in Africa
Abou Jeng
The Current Column of 26 February 2014

We Are in There Together with Germany: Observations by a Canadian
Gal-Or, Noemi
The Current Column of 21 February 2014

Germany and global influence – challenges of global change belong on the agenda
Messner, Dirk / Jörg Faust

The Current Column of 12 February 2014

Germany's global ambition must have a European dimension
Furness, Mark / Svea Koch
The Current Column of 12 February 2014

Engaging in Africa
Leininger, Julia
The Current Column of 11 February 2014

"More responsibility" in the world: the biggest challenges are not military ones
Grävingholt, Jörn

The Current Column of 10 February 2014

Rethinking International Cooperation and Implementing It Differently
Scholz, Imme / Inge Kaul
The Current Column of 21 October 2013

Schluss mit Arroganz und Almosen
Messner, Dirk / Jörg Faust
Zeit Online 10.10.2013

With or without force? European public opinion on democracy promotion
Faust, Jörg / Melody Garcia (2013)
Discussion Paper 10/2013

Foreign Aid & the Fragile Consensus on State Fragility.
Faust, Jörg /Jörn Grävingholt /Sebastian Ziaja (2013)
In: Journal of International Relations and Development

Lorbeeren und Leviten: Deutschland in der Umwelt- und Entwicklungspolitik der Vereinten Nationen
Bauer, Steffen / Silke Weinlich (2013)
Vereinte Nationen 61 (6), 258-263

Deuropäische Afrikapolitik
Klingebiel, Stephan

Die aktuelle Kolumne, 19.11.2013

Too Big to Fail? Ein entwicklungspolitisches Regierungsprogramm für die Vereinten Nationen
Mahn, Timo Casjen / Pio Wennubst
Die aktuelle Kolumne, 23.09.2013

Probleme globaler Entwicklung und die ministerielle Organisation der Entwicklungspolitik
Messner, Dirk / Jörg Faust (2012)
Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik 2 (5), 165-176

Can the EU confront inequality in developing countries?
Furness, Mark / Mario Negre (2012)
Briefing Paper 14/2012


Stellungnahme aus dem Beirat Zivile Krisenprävention

Internationale Verantwortung nach dem Krisenjahr 2014: Schub für zivile Krisenprävention?!

Stellungnahme aus dem Beirat Zivile Krisenprävention zum 4. Bericht der Bundesregierung über die Umsetzung des Aktionsplans „Zivile Krisenprävention, Konfliktlösung und Friedenskonsolidierung“

15. Dezember 2014


Entwicklungspolitik im Gefüge einer "neuen deutschen Außenpolitik"
Jörn Grävingholt (2016)
Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ 28–29/2016)

Interview with Sebastian Ziaja on democracy promotion

Impulspapier des Beirats Zivile Krisenprävention

Review 2014 - A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy

How can global sustainability succeed? A contribution by Dirk Messner within the "Review 2014 - A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy" special.

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) participates in this open process of discussion about the German foreign policy.

Conference Video Dirk Messner (06.2013)