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What priorities and focuses should Germany set in its foreign policy? What are the foreign policy issues for the future? What values does German foreign policy represent? How do foreign policy goals and interests affect me personally? Who are Germany’s most important partners and allies? Can I have a say in foreign policy decisions?
We invite you to comment on and discuss the articles on this website by academics and prominent figures from home and abroad.
Foreign policy is everyone’s business! And the debate on the hows, whys and wherefores of German foreign policy should take place right at the heart of society. The "Review 2014 - A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy" project initiated by Foreign Minister Steinmeier aims to set in motion a broad debate in society on the objectives, interests and prospects of Germany’s foreign policy. We would like to join with interested members of the public and civil society to take a critical look at Germany’s foreign relations, including the work of the Federal Foreign Office.
We invite you to comment on and discuss the articles on this website by academics and prominent figures from home and abroad. The authors present their personal responses to the questions “What, if anything, is wrong with German foreign policy? What needs to be changed?” and make their own recommendations. These “external views” look at very different topics, such as Germany’s role in the world and in Europe, Germany’s partners, the importance of human rights and the shaping of the international order. You can also continue the debate on Twitter under the hashtag #review2014.
The opening event to launch the public dialogue will take place at the Federal Foreign Office on 20 May and will be live streamed on this website. From then until the autumn, numerous events will be held all over the country to enable civil society representatives to debate German foreign policy. Sign up to receive our newsletter and take part in our regular surveys, or have a look at the videos of key foreign policy debates.
The blog lets you bring yourself up to date with news, events and surveys. Guest comments will also be published here regularly. In an essay competition students will be invited to set out their views and ideas on German foreign policy.
Foreign policy should not remain an elite concern. Join in the discussion and let us know what you think – offline and online. Being willing to take part doesn’t mean you necessarily agree with everything. On the contrary: we look forward to your criticism.