Germany´s role in the world
More and more war zones, populism on the rise, and an ever increasing number of people who are suffering as a result of conflicts and the adverse impacts of climate change – the world is in turmoil. In these turbulent times, interviewees would like to see Germany assume more responsibility, partly or indeed particularly as a counterweight to the USA, Russia and China.
Germany, in great demand as a global player
Given the global political situation, a proactive Germany appears to be in greater demand than ever before – to uphold the values of the western world and for the good of as many people as possible. In the 2012 study, interviewees called on Germany to dare to assume a more assertive role. At the peak of the economic and financial crisis in 2015, the prevailing view was that Germany had adopted a higher profile role in recognition of its responsibility, but that its heart was not really in it.
A cooperative soft power
The interviewees in the latest study expect Germany to assume a cooperative leading role without losing sight of proportions – a role that will also benefit other nations. Some worry, however, whether Germany’s almost universally appreciated soft power will be enough in international politics. The question as to whether Germany must become more involved in ‘hard military power’ is being voiced increasingly.