Germany’s Power Position

Ulrich Speck

Ulrich Speck is a foreign policy analyst based in Heidelberg and Brussels. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and writes a foreign policy column for a Swiss newspaper, Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Speck worked for a number of German media outlets, was head of the newsroom at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague, and a DAAD fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) in Washington, DC in 2006. His articles have been published by the New York Times, the Financial Times,, RealClearWorld, Open Democracy, and leading German newspapers and journals. Speck has coedited books on the Revolution of 1848, on American Empire, and on Modern Antisemitism. He holds a PhD in Modern History from the University of Frankfurt/Main. Speck is fluent in German, English, and French. Speck’s research interests are German and EU foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and global order.

In this recent Financial Times piece, Ulrich Speck, Publicist for Global Europe and former AGI Fellow, argues that Germany must finally decide the level of power is wishes to exert within Europe and on the global stage. While the nation may be content pushing through with the status quo, major global issues–particularly the ongoing financial crisis in Europe–require a Germany that is sure and confident of its rising status as a powerful nation.

Germany Must Decide the Power it Wields, by Ulrich Speck, Financial Times (February 19, 2013)


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