Head of the foreign affairs desk, Handelsblatt
The U.S. has demanded that all NATO members up their defence spending to 2 percent of GDP. But rather than starting a new arms race, it would be better to talk about upper limits for arms and joint security in Europe.
Feb 21, 2017 in
Japan's Foreign Minister says talks between his country and the European Union should be revived as quickly as possible.
Feb 17, 2017 in
Germany is playing host to a meeting of some of the world's most powerful diplomats this week. It will be an opportunity for Rex Tillerson, the new U.S. secretary of state, to get his bearings at a particularly chaotic time for the Trump administration.
Feb 16, 2017 in
Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected German president on Sunday. The Social Democrat will likely be very political, focusing on defending Europe and fighting against populism.
Feb 10, 2017 in
The second-largest economy in the Persian Gulf is attracting investors. But corporate engagement with Iran is not without risks, particularly amid the uncertainty over Washington's future intentions.
Dec 01, 2016 in
Companies & Markets
China’s most powerful woman, vice premier Liu Yandong, said Germany should not panic about Chinese investors buying into their industries, and said both countries stood to benefit from closer economic ties.
Nov 25, 2016 in
Latino voters are widely expected to turn out in record numbers in this election - and already have at early voting stations. Donald Trump’s populist, anti-Mexican smear campaign has become a severe handicap for Republicans.
Nov 08, 2016 in
The election could be decided in Florida, a politically divided state. While Cuban exiles are switching sides and voting Democratic in the south, angry white retirees support Trump in northern Florida.
Despite mounting tension between Russia and the West, Donald Trump and Russian President Putin only have words of praise for each other. This friendship elicits unease in Germany as well as in the U.S.
Nov 03, 2016 in
A few days before the election, the race for the White House is close: Donald Trump is catching up in several battleground states, while Hillary Clinton is fighting back by courting minorities. Their strategies could not be more different.
Saudi Arabia has decided to pivot away from some of its keystone fiscal policies. With oil prices in the doldrums, the country is increasing its debt to finance spending and invest in alternatives to the oil industry. Germany could well benefit.
Oct 20, 2016 in
The West may not know what to do about the increasing horror in Aleppo, but it doesn't mean they get to do nothing, says Handelsblatt's foreign news chief.
Oct 11, 2016 in
The disintegrating U.S.-Russia relationship coupled with Iran and China’s involvement in Syria is a recipe for international disaster, Handelsblatt’s foreign news chief warns.
Oct 05, 2016 in
The German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is in Iran with a delegation of German companies looking for business. Their visit could help to bolster the reformist wing in the politically divided country following the lifting of Western sanctions.
Oct 04, 2016 in
Sigmar Gabriel spoke to President Putin in conciliatory tones at a meeting in Moscow this week. His inconsistency is alienating his fellow party members and coalition partners, and confusing German voters, writes Mathias Brüggmann.
Sep 23, 2016 in