Okay, here's the issue: now that the United States has become Europe's unreliable partner, should Germany acquire nuclear weapons? I'm thinking that's a real big "no"!
Political scientist Christian Hacke, who is a key figure in German foreign policy, said Germany can “only rely on itself” as relations within the European union and the wider world intensify.
Germany is an economic superpower with the means to create nuclear deterrent of its own but under international law, framed in the wake of World War II, was prevented from doing so.
During the Cold War, Protocol III of the Treaty of Brussels forbade the country from possessing nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.
In an essay published yesterday, Mr Hacke said that Germany needs nuclear weapons to meet the challenges of the current international climate.
He wrote: "National defence on the basis of a nuclear deterrent must be given priority in light of new transatlantic uncertainties and potential confrontations."
The new debate in the country comes in light of Donald Trump’s attack on the EU and his subsequent trade tariffs.
It also follows fresh threats from North Korea and the ensuing dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington.
Speaking to POLITICO, Mr Hacke believes Mr Trump’s approach to German foreign policy – including his slating of NATO – has prompted the need for nuclear armament.