Daily Archives: February 7, 2014

Last weekend officials from around the world once again gathered for the annual Munich Security Conference – a sort of Academy awards for security policy wonks. While senior officials covered the gamut of issues from Syria to the US’s Asia pivot and cybersecurity to climate change, talk in the corridors focused on two issues – the growing gap between German and American views on surveillance and spying and strong, co-ordinated statements by top German officials calling for a more assertive foreign and security policy.

These two issues may in fact be linked, in that greater German confidence may help close the widening gap between the two allies.

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