The new German government resulting from the 2021 Bundestag election will have to revise and reshape the legacy of the Merkel era's policies on Russia and China. Germany's own interests as a geoeconomic power will have to be balanced against concerns about the values of these two illiberal states and the strategic challenges they pose. The new coalition government in Germany will have to find consensus between three parties that hold often conflicting views, led by a team with little foreign policy experience.
Stephen F. Szabo is a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He served as the Executive Director of the German Marshall Fund's Transatlantic Academy, Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at sais, Johns Hopkins University, and Professor of National Security Affairs at the National War College. He has held fellowships with the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the American Academy in Berlin. His publications include Parting Ways: The Crisis in German-American Relations (2004), and Germany, Russia and the Rise of Geo-Economics (2015).