Much of the analyses of German reactions to the Arab Spring uprisings have
focused on Germany’s contentious decision relating to Libya. However, beyond all the fingerwagging
and public chastisements over the Libya intervention, Germany has played
a key role in pushing reform of the EU’s Mediterranean policies and has broken new
ground in its relationship with emerging Arab democracies. While Germany clearly
lacks the geostrategic ambitions and capacities of France or the UK, it has become a
more proactive and independent regional player following the Arab Spring.