Political Directorate-General 2

Directorate-General 2 analyses, plans, shapes and coordinates German foreign policy within the EU as well as towards the states of Europe, North America and Central Asia. It is also responsible for all aspects of European and transatlantic security policy.

The issues which Directorate-General 2 deals with come from such areas as

the development of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), including Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), and Germany’s position within it

  • fundamentals of security and defence policy and Germany’s position on these within the EU and NATO; German participation in military operations
  • multilateral and bilateral security policy (NATO, the EU, the OSCE, security relations with other states)
  • German policy in the Council of Europe
  • the foreign-policy side of the G8 process
  • transatlantic relations to the United States and Canada
  • bilateral relations to Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and the states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia
  • bilateral relations to Turkey, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway
  • bilateral relations to the states of the Western Balkans

At the helm of the Directorate-General is the Political Director, Hans-Dieter Lucas. He advises the Foreign Minister on all foreign and security policy issues within his Directorate-General’s remit and represents the Federal Foreign Office at bilateral and multilateral talks with his counterparts, such as in various constellations involving Political Directors from other states. He gives the instructions pertaining to the German position within the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), which are represented by Germany’s Ambassador on the Political and Security Committee (PSK) in Brussels, and maintains close contact with the Political Directors of the other EU member states.

Within Directorate-General 2, the Political Director is supported by Deputy Directors-General responsible for security policy; South-Eastern Europe, Turkey and EFTA states; and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia respectively. The European Correspondent’s unit assists him in coordinating all the issues of the EU’s Commons Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and of instructions for Brussels.

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