Germany’s position as a leader of the European Union positions it as a key global influencer, especially in its relationships with the US, Russia and China.

However, a changing political landscape within the country, especially around its attitudes to immigration, reflects an increasing recognition within the main political parties that the country is under pressure to change.

As the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) enters its post-Merkel era, it seems likely that foreign policy will play a bigger role, with Germany aiming to take more leadership and responsibility, and for the European Union to play a bigger role in security, defence and international affairs.