Political Directorate-General 2

01.04.2019 - Article

Key areas of responsibility: Common Foreign and Security Policy, European Security and Defence Policy, military operations, NATO, OSCE, relations with the US, Canada, Russia, Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, Turkey, the EFTA states as well as the Council of Europe.

Amerikafest at the Brandenburg Gate
Amerikafest at the Brandenburg Gate

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 them
  • fundamentals of security and defence policy, including Germany’s position within the EU and NATO; German participation in military operations abroad
  • 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 G7 process
  • transatlantic relations with the United States and Canada
  • bilateral relations with Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and the states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia
  • bilateral relations with Turkey, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway
  • bilateral relations with the states of the Western Balkans.

At the helm of the Directorate-General is the Political Director, Ambassador Jens Plötner. He advises the Foreign Minister on all foreign and security policy issues within his Directorate-General’s remit or assigned to him by the Foreign Minister 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 issues the instructions relating to the German position within the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, which are represented by Germany’s Ambassador on the Political and Security Committee (PSC) in Brussels, and maintains close contact with the Political Directors of the other EU member states and other partners.

Within Directorate-General 2, the Political Director is supported by a Director for Security Policy, one for South-Eastern Europe, Turkey and EFTA States as well as one for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The European Correspondent’s unit assists him in coordinating all the issues of the EU’s Commons Foreign and Security Policy and of instructions for Brussels.

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