Press reports and analyses
"Showdown in Munich" (Project Syndicate, 20.02.2019)
Not for the first time, this year's Munich Security Conference may well be remembered as a turning point for global geopolitics. The messages coming from Europe and the United States could not have been further apart, implying dim prospects for transatlantic cooperation on managing economic and strategic threats.
"The Moment the Transatlantic Charade Ended" (The Atlantic, 19.02.2019)
Europe and the Trump administration have stopped pretending to respect each other. For the past two years, we have been treated to a transatlantic charade. Everyone knows there’s a problem, but publicly the leaders proclaim that nothing has fundamentally changed. But at the 2019 Munich Security Conference, which took place over the weekend, the charade ended.
"Munich Conference Highlights a Divided U.S." (Wall Street Journal, 18.02.2019)
A divided America was on display this weekend in Munich where Vice President Mike Pence and Democrats including his predecessor Joe Biden offered competing visions of the trans-Atlantic relationship that could shape the world for years to come.
"Angela Merkel's masterful Munich moment" (DW, 17.02.2019)
The world order is broken. Who is going to pick up the pieces? That was the key question hanging over the Munich Security Conference. Angela Merkel provided the answer but it's not the whole story, says Christian Trippe.
"Munich Insecurity Conference" (Politico, 16.02.2019)
The Munich Security Conference — a forum conceived during the Cold War to discuss security threats and challenges — has never been an event for the faint of heart. Even so, the mood at this year’s gathering, the 55th, would best be described as funereal.
"Biden says US should remain committed to its allies abroad" (CNN, 16.02.2019)
Former Vice President Joe Biden is assuring political leaders and security experts gathered in Munich that the US should remain committed to its allies despite a perception that the US is isolating from the world and its responsibiltis in leadership.
"Among European Allies, Americans Offer Competing Visions" (The New York Times, 16.02.2019)
Vice President Mike Pence made his case for “America First” in the deeply hostile territory of an annual conference of America’s closest European allies on Saturday. He was not deterred from repeating his demands that Europe withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement, ban Chinese gear from global communications networks and accelerate its increases in contributions to NATO.
"Merkel rejects U.S. demands that Europe pull out of Iran nuclear deal" (The New York Times, 16.02.2019)
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany delivered a strong rejoinder on Saturday to American demands that European allies pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and gave a spirited defense of multilateral institutions in a world increasingly marked by great-power rivalry.
"Munich Security Conference 2019: Who can save the liberal world order?" (DW, 16.02.2019)
As Donald Trump leads the US's withdrawal from multilateralism, the Munich Security Conference is dominated by concerns the world is fragmenting. But, to some, insisting on this world order threatens Cold War conditions.
"Lavrov offers U.S. talks on extending arms accord" (Bloomberg, 16.02.2019)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Trump administration has not yet agreed to hold any "meaningful consultations" on start arms treaty but Russia will continue to press U.S. on the issue.
"Pence hails 'remarkable, extraordinary' Trump tenure in attack on US allies" (The Guardian/Reuters, 16.02.2019)
Mike Pence rebuked European powers over Iran and Venezuela on Saturday, in a renewed attack on traditional US allies, rejecting a call by Germany’s chancellor to include Russia in global cooperation efforts.
"Merkel says US withdrawal from Syria will boost Russia and Iran" (The Telegraph, 16.02.2019)
At the Munich Security Conference, Angela Merkel warned the planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria following the defeat of Isil and the collapse of its caliphate risks handing the upper hand to Iran and Russia.
"What Is the Munich Security Conference, and Why Does It Matter?" (The New York Times, 15.02.2019)
Significant changes in American foreign policy and a shifting world order have brought changes at a meeting once known for its unity.
"Munich or a Requiem for the West" (The New York Times, 15.02.2019)
Its no longer worth pretending Trump is not in the authoritarian camp. European powers are contemplating the world without its postwar American anchor.
"Europe says it will stick with the Iran deal, defying a U.S. demand" (The Washington Post, 15.02.2019)
A day after Vice President Pence demanded that the continent's major powers follow the United States out of the agreement and accused them of trying to bust U.S. sanctions, European officials insisted Friday they would remain committed to the Iran nuclear deal.
"Germany criticizes Trump's go-it-alone approach" (The Washington Post, 15.02.2019)
Germany's foreign minister is calling for a return to mulitlateral solutions, criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump go-it-alone approach as counter-productive.