The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought about a radical change in Germany’s foreign and security policy. This has included steps that would have been unthinkable only a year ago, like the provision of heavy weaponry to Ukraine. However, this change has also caused significant splits in the German coalition government and unease in sections of German society. There is also concern among Germans, and especially in industry, about the dangers to the German economy if Germany follows the U.S. lead in seeking to isolate and weaken the economy of China, which is a key market for German exports. These are vitally important questions not only for Germany, but for the European Union and the future coherence of the Transatlantic alliance.
To discuss these issues and answer questions from the audience, the Quincy Institute has convened a highly distinguished panel spanning the fields of diplomacy, politics, and the expert community. The discussion will feature Rüdiger Lüdeking, former German diplomat; Sevim Dagdelen, Deputy Leader of the German Left Party; and Rachel Rizzo, non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. Anatol Lieven, Eurasia Director at the Quincy Institute, will moderate.