Rachel Tausendfreund is editorial director at GMF, overseeing the organization’s research output and publication planning.

Before joining GMF, Rachel was editorial director at the European Council on Foreign Relations and editor at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). At the DGAP, she was a member of the editorial team of the bimonthly foreign policy magazine Internationale Politik and ran IP-Journal, an online magazine covering German and European foreign policy. She has researched and published on issues relating to German, American, and transatlantic politics, as well as international trade policy and European foreign policy.

Rachel earned her BA in her native state of Michigan before moving to Germany where she got her MA in European Studies and Politics and then did doctoral research and teaching on European trade policy. She is a native English speaker and speaks fluent German and basic French.

Media Mentions

The shock of Putin’s war has turned the geopolitical times for Germany. Prior to the invasion, Berlin was unique in the West for having a strategic logic still shaped primarily by the lessons of the First World War.
Climate change is more on the mind of Germans than certainly other bigger issues. Foreign policy, [the] transatlantic relationship, that has not entered into this campaign at all. And climate change has been consistently an issue.
[Angela Merkel] really managed to bring other Europeans together on a few important issues and issues that were really important to transatlantic politics, so she has a strong legacy in that regard. She waited for the time to be right, and she managed to pull a lot of different people around the table together.