Dr. Ulrich Speck is a visiting senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin. His work focuses on German foreign policy, the EU, transatlantic relations, and global order. From September 2015 to July 2016, he was a senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy at GMF in Washington, DC. He was previously a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, an associate fellow at the Spanish think tank FRIDE, and the editor of the Global Europe Morning Brief, a subscriber-only newsletter on EU foreign policy. From 2007 to 2009, Speck worked in different positions for RFE/RL in Prague and Brussels.  

In 2006, he was a DAAD­-fellow at AICGS in Washington, DC. From 2000 to 2005, he worked as a senior editor at Frankfurter Rundschau, a German newspaper. Speck has co-­edited three books (in German): on the Revolution of 1848/89 (Insel, 1998); American Empire (DVA, 2003); New anti­semitism (Suhrkamp, 2004). He holds a PhD in modern history from the University of Frankfurt. Speck’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Moscow Times, on CNN.com, The American Interest, Berlin Policy Journal, in FAZ, SZ, Tagesspiegel, and elsewhere. Speck is a frequent speaker at conferences and panels all over Europe and is regularly quoted by The Economist, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and other media. He is also a bi-monthly foreign policy columnist for Neue Zürcher Zeitung.


Media Mentions

[Mr. Biden was using the kind of language allies speak to one another.] But that’s not the way you talk to the Russians, because when you talk to the press you talk to the Russians. If the point is to reinforce allied unity, this was an unforced error.
In Germany’s new governing coalition, there is a balance of power in the background, and that matters. Scholz must deal with this reality and a European Parliament that is more and more angry with Russia, its hostility to the E.U. and its interference in domestic affairs.
Leaders need to talk. The assessment of this move depends on the message Scholz is going to deliver to Putin. And Scholz must make clear to him that he is serious, ready to impose substantial costs on Russia for further aggression against Ukraine.
With Nord Stream 2, Germany has the big geopolitical weapon in its hand without ever having sought it.
Merkel herself was important in keeping the E.U. together, she kept in mind the interests of so many in Europe, especially Central Europe but also Italy, so that everyone could be kept on board.