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  • The calculating ways of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    Citation of Kristian Brakel | 16/08/2015 | Deutsche Welle

    Polarization in Turkey appears not to have been thrown off track by the peace process. Both sides, the nationalists and the Kurds, have a point, said Kristian Brakel, an Associate Fellow of the German Council on Foreign Relations. "Without a doubt," Brakel said, "the PKK terminated the peace process." But Turkey's government has overstepped the boundary as well, Brakel said: "The wave of arrests and the bombardments of PKK positions is a puffing up of a conflict abroad that is primarily an internal one."

  • German Vice Chancellor in Iran Seeking to Boost Ties

    Citation of Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 20/07/2015 | Wall Street Journal

    Analysts say however that political opposition from Israel is unlikely to derail Germany’s attempts at economic normalization with a major West Asian economy. ”We’re heading in the direction that Germany and Israel will entertain good relations, and on the other hand there will be a rapprochement between Iran and European countries—both processes in tandem despite Israel’s objections,” said Ali Fathollah-Nejad, a Middle East expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations.

  • What Germany Can And Can’t Do To Improve Its Image

    Citation of Almut Möller | 19/07/2015 | Süddeutsche Zeitung International

    The reality requires a major new dose of what we call “public diplomacy”. Almut Möller has, since the beginning of the crisis, pointed out the importance of public diplomacy. “Berlin has to develop a convincing public diplomacy towards other states in crisis,” says Möller. She suggests that the Federal Government should approach opinion leaders in the media and EU think tanks to justify their positions during the financial crisis – and to also respond directly to any criticisms.

  • How the West views Iran's leaders

    Interview with Fathollah-Nejad | 13/07/2015 | Qantara, Deutsche Welle

    Has Iran really undergone fundamental change since President Hassan Rouhani took office? Observers shouldn't allow themselves to be deceived by the current trend towards rosy political analyses, warns Ali Fathollah-Nejad, a German–Iranian political scientist and Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

  • Greece submits last-ditch request for a bailout

    Interview with Julian Rappold | 09/07/2015 | Washington Post

    Angela Merkel said “a classic haircut” would be a nonstarter. Analysts said her comments indicated that she was ruling out a plan that simply cut the total amount of debt. “Merkel chose this wording, because in the past five years, she has always publicly rejected a debt haircut,” said Julian Rappold. “She has to justify to the German population that their tax money will be lost. It has been a mistake in communication to always say, ‘No, this is not going to happen, these are only loans.’”

  • Merkel Missteps Over Greece

    Interview with Julian Rappold | 06/07/2015 | Handelsblatt Global Edition

    While dissatisfaction with the European Union often has domestic roots, including disgust with corruption, the austerity policy, framed by Ms. Merkel and others in Europe as having no alternative, has contributed to this fragmentation. “The way the euro crisis was dealt with, putting forward a policy which is sold to the public as being without alternatives…and not offering space for political debate about it, has certainly disillusioned many parts of society,” said Julian Rappold of the DGAP.

  • Europe tensely awaits Greek voters' bailout decision

    Interview with Julian Rappold | 05/07/2015 | The Economic Times (AFP)

    The closely fought vote on the greek referendum on austerity is an indicator for future negotiations, said Julian Rappold of the DGAP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "faced with a dilemma", he said. If Greece were to leave the euro, it would signify the failure of Europe's crisis management that Merkel has championed though years of economic turbulence. "She would not like it to be said that she pushed Greece out of the euro," he added.

  • Berlin's firm stance on Greece exposes divergence with Paris

    Interview with Claire Demesmay | 03/07/2015 | MENAFN (AFP=

    Germans may at times appear unmoved at the prospect of Greece crashing out of the euro, but it "in fact worries many" in Berlin, as well as in Paris or Brussels, said Claire Demesmay, political scientist at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). She said said that the differences between Merkel and Hollande on the Greek crisis boiled down to differences in "method", rather than substance, and could be explained by differences in public opinion in the eurozone's two biggest economies.

  • Ein Jahr Islamischer Staat

    Radiointerview mit Magdalena Kirchner | 01/07/2015 | detektor.fm

    Ein Jahr nach Ausrufung des Kalifats breitet sich der „IS“ weiter aus. „Das Ziel des "IS" ist das Dauerhafte ihrer Herrschaft“, erklärt Magdalena Kirchner, Nahostexpertin bei der DGAP. „Einerseits erreichen sie dies durch Bereitstellen staatlicher Dienstleistungen wie Lebensmittelversorgung, Versorgung mit Treibstoffen, Krankenhäusern und anderer Infrastruktur für die Bevölkerung. Anderseits durch die harte Durchsetzung der Scharia. Viele empfinden die Scharia besser als gar keine Ordnung.“

  • Europe rallies behind Merkel as Greeks hit breaking point

    Interview with Julian Rappold | 30/06/2015 | Washington Post

    Angela Merkel’s power has been predicated on one important assumption: that her leadership works. A messy exit by Greece from the euro zone, some argue, would prove otherwise. “A Greek exit from the euro zone would mean that the European Union’s policy of the past years, which Germany shaped to a significant extent, has failed,” said Julian Rappold, an E.U. expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations. Yet her defenders say Merkel will not be to blame if Greece crashes out of the euro zone.

  • The EP Summit in Riga

    Op-Ed by Stefan Meister | 26/06/2015 | PISM

    Stefan Meister comments on the website of the Polish Institute of International Affairs: The EU Summit on the Eastern Partnership on 21-22 May in Riga stood in the shadow of the conflict with Russia over Ukraine. Even if Russia had not been mentioned in the summit resolution and everything deleted from the document that could provoke Russia and undermine the implementation of the Minsk II agreement, the relations with Moscow were a guideline for the summit.

  • Greece’s Alliances Fade in European Debate About its Debt Crisis

    Interview with Julian Rappold | 02/06/2015 | New York Times

    Monday’s emergency summit meeting in Berlin spurred speculation that a deal could be near. By Tuesday, the Berlin group of creditors was reportedly completing a proposal to present to Athens, possibly offering some budgetary flexibility. “We are really running out of time,” said Julian Rappold, a program officer at DGAP. “This is one of the very last attempts to reconcile between sides and reach an agreement. I think European leaders have pretty much lost their patience.”

  • All roads lead to Berlin

    Interview with Julian Rappold | 29/05/2015 | Handelsblatt Global Edition

    On his tour of European capitals, David Cameron tries to receive support for his reform proposals to keep the U.K. in the EU. While Angela Merkel will likely lend him a sympathetic ear, it's not certain how much she can offer him. “In quite a lot of aspects, Britain and Germany have a similar agenda, with regards to free trade, with regards to pushing competitiveness and in general, of course with regards to security issues, Britain is a vital partner,” says Julian Rappold, analyst at the DGAP.

  • Tory election victory focuses EU minds on British membership

    Interview with Julian Rappold | 08/05/2015 | The Guardian

    After the Conservative triumph Cameron needs to stage his epochal in/out referendum on the EU by 2017, the same year Germany elects a new chancellor and France a new president. “There’s some leeway still to grant some minor concessions, but I think the German government has made quite clear what the red lines are and to what extent they will concede to the UK,” said Julian Rappold of the German Council on Foreign Relations. “Merkel has clear limits about what she is willing to put on the table.”

  • German interior minister to face committee over espionage claims

    Interview mit Sylke Tempel | 04/05/2015 | Deutsche Welle

    In the latest intelligence service scandal, the media draws a ring around one person in particular: Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière. The issue stirs emotions. Perhaps too much so, says Sylke Tempel, editor-in-chief of the magazine “Internationale Politik”. She sees the latest round of claims as a media storm over an affair in which the contours are not yet known. "I wish we could get more sense into this debate before we start asking people to resign," she told DW.

  • Europe's dismay grows over threat of Brexit after referendum

    Interview with Julian Rappold | 30/04/2015 | Newsweek

    A “Brexit” would damage the integrity and credibility of the EU when Europe faces unprecedented threats and challenges, says the German Council on Foreign Relations' EU expert Julian Rappold. However, there is also a growing exasperation with British politicians' incessant – and unrealistic – demands for change in the way the EU works. "London might need to face a fundamental choice about its EU membership, for the sake of the future EU integration process," says Rappold.

  • The ashes of Zhao Ziyang finally being laid to rest

    Citation of Eberhard Sandschneider | 10/04/2015 | Quartz

    Former Chinese general secretary Zhao Ziyang, who died in 2005, will finally being laid to rest next to his wife. Zhao has been largely overlooked in his crucial role in crafting many of the most important economic and market reforms that are now credited to Deng Xiaoping. “We can’t talk about the reforms and their impact on China, and also its rise as an economic power, without mentioning Zhao,” said Eberhard Sandschneider, a China specialist and director at DGAP, earlier this year.

  • "Not in a positive way"

    Kommentar von Stefan Meister | 04/03/2015 | Carnegie Europe

    Can Nemtsov’s Murder Change Russia? "Not in a positive way," says Stefan Meister, Head of the Program on Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

  • Anti-Putin Opposition Looks to Russian Spring for Revival

    Interview with Stefan Meister | 26/02/2015 | Bloomberg

    Squeezed by government persecution and Putin’s near-record approval rating, Russia’s opposition is betting that an unfolding economic crisis will spark a spring revolt . However, the opposition “hasn’t been this weak for many years,” Stefan Meister, an analyst at the German Council of Foreign Relations in Berlin, said by phone. “Even when we have a growing economic crisis in Russia, there’s still high support for Putin.”

  • Munich Security Conference: Leading from the center

    Interview with Sylke Tempel | 09/02/2015 | Deutsche Welle

    "Leading from the center" - that's how German Defense Minister von der Leyen described Germany's role in international politics at the Munich Security Conference. The minister had talked about Germany's willingness to solve international conflicts together with other countries - this, she claimed, was "leading from the center." "In Europe, Germany is always at the center and acting from the center, you don't have to go to great lengths to emphasize this," Sylke Tempel said.

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