Emerging Leadership: How Germany Engages with the CFSP

  • Nicholas Wright
Part of the New Perspectives in German Political Studies book series (NPG)


This chapter considers how Germany pursues its goals in the CFSP. Several types of behaviour are identified: ‘shared leadership’ whereby it works with partners to achieve particular objectives; Germany as an ‘example’, whereby it acts as a hub around which other states can converge; Germany as a ‘mediator’; and finally, ‘unilateral’ Germany, whereby it will risk isolation in pursuit of particular goals. Taken together, these reflect a continuing preference for multilateral co-operation but also an increasing willingness to stand apart from partners and to take clear leadership positions when necessary.


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  • Nicholas Wright
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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