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Enabling or evading? Germany in the Middle East

Policy Brief by Kristina Kausch

Germany’s political influence in the  Middle East and North Africa is limited in many respects. However,  Berlin’s role in shaping positions within the EU, its close alliance  with Israel, its good relations with Iran, and its growing partnership  with the Gulf states bestow it with some geopolitical influence. As the  unravelling of the Middle Eastern status quo advances at great speed,  the European Union’s strongest member should play a more purposeful role.

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