Lost in the furor over what Moscow did or did not do, and what effects it did or did not have, is the broader question of what this incident says about Russian intentions and aims. Just how unusual was it for great powers to interfere in a democracy’s electoral processes, and just how outraged should Americans be by the alleged activities?
In a European Union driven apart by centrifugal forces, Germany has emerged as a - if not the - leading nation in the 28-country bloc, able to marshal critical negotiations on the future of the Eurozone, pushing for a compromise solution on the migration crisis,and pursuing Germany's and Europe's international objectives with respect to fragile states to the Union's South and the relationship with Russia in the East. Praised for this role in the international press, domestically this role is contested - still seen with considerable concern. Similarly, European partners see a number of German efforts to address volatilities as a country overstepping its boundaries, usurping their authority. Dr. Uli Speck, EU and Germany expert will address a number of critical questions around Germany's changing leadership role in the European Union and in global affairs with Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director, Cathryn Cluver.