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  • Putin loses the German Establishment

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 23/04/2016 | The Economist

    DGAP Expert Stefan Meister comments on consequences of the Russian disinformation tactics in Germany.

  • Ties between Germany and Russia enter new chill

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 04/04/2016 | Reuters

    Since the collapse of the Soviet Union Germany and Russia grew closer thanks to trade and cultural ties. But those ties began to unravel after the Ukraine crisis in late 2013. Now the relations between Germany and Russia are in a tense situation. Stefan Meister said to Reuters: "All the networks, all the personal ties - they just don't work anymore."

  • Iran: The buds of cultural rapprochement

    Interview with Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 04/04/2016 | Qantara.de: Dialogue with the Islamic World

    Following the historic Iran nuclear deal that was clinched in Vienna in July 2015 and the subsequent lifting of nuclear-related sanctions against Iran in mid-January 2016, Germany and Iran are now looking for ways to stimulate cultural dialogue and exchange between the two countries. Interviewed by Dorothea Grassmann (Institute for International Cultural Relations, ifa), Ali Fathollah-Nejad elaborates on the context.

  • EU open border system after Brussels attacks

    Comments by Julian Rappold | 25/03/2016 | cctv

    The European Commission warns keeping the borders closed. In an interview with cctv Julian Rappold comments the current situation.

  • Istanbul attack: 'We've all walked down this street'

    Interview with Kristian Brakel | 19/03/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    In an interview of Deutsche Welle, Kristian Brakel looks at who could be behind the attack. Brakel explains: There are three options that initially come to mind. First, there is the "Islamic State" (IS), the second option the PKK and the third option is a leftist extremist breakaway faction.

  • Shift to the right in Central and Eastern Europe

    Comments by Julian Rappold | 15/03/2016 | Europe.newsweek.com

    In several European member states an extreme shift to the right can be observed: Poland, Hungary or Slovakia. Poland’s swing to the right is being watched with growing concern in Berlin, says Julian Rappold. The relationship to Poland became more difficult. Now it is a challenge for German policy-makers to find a balance in criticizing constitutional changes and restrictions on press freedom, but also acknowledge that this is a freely elected government.

  • Results after the German state elections

    comments by Dr. Sylke Tempel | 15/03/2016 | NY Times

    The results of the German state elections have signaled a rare turn toward political vulnerability for Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as potential instability for her country and perhaps paralysis for Europe as a whole. According to Dr. Sylke Tempel in an article of New York Times the new party won “not just because of the vacuum on the right, but because they attracted voters who were anti-Establishment, anti-liberalization, anti-European, anti-everything that has come to be regarded as the norm”.

  • Iran elections: Blow to hardliners

    Comments by Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 01/03/2016 | AzerNews

    Ali Fathollah-Nejad comments that the results show that many Iranians have rejected hardline elements and have instead chosen more moderate forces. "Hence, this can be seen as support for the Rouhani administration's agenda of 'moderation' at home and abroad," he said AzerNews, Azerbaijan's main English daily.

  • Greek energy partnership with Iran

    Comments by Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 25/02/2016 | AzerNews & EnergyWorld Magazine

    Greece, which is in preliminary talks with Iran to meet its local demand in natural gas and provide a gateway for the Islamic Republic to supply fuel to other European consumers, seeks to foster close energy partnership with the Persian Gulf country. In comments for an article published by AzerNews (Azerbaijan), Ali Fathollah-Nejad says that this urgency, among others, occurs from the current tensions between Europe and Russia.

  • Elections to Iran's Parliament and Assembly of Experts

    Comments by Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 22/02/2016 | qantara.de

    Although the cleric Hassan Khomeini is the eldest grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, he was not allowed to run for the Assembly of Experts. On 26 February, that crucial election will take place in conjunction with the parliamentary elections.

  • Scenario: UK’s post-Brexit future

    Artikel with Jana Puglierin | 13/02/2016 | PenzaNews

    In an article of PenzaNews Jana Puglierini commented the consequences if the United Kingdom left the European Union. She accentuated that “Regardless of the outcome of the referendum the question of Europe will remain at center stage in British politics. Even as a non-member state, therefore, Britain would be heavily engaged with a range of European policy issues”.

  • German-Russian ties feel Cold War-style chill over rape case

    Article with Stefan Meister | 01/02/2016 | Reuters

    The Russian intervention in an alleged rape case in Germany showed how Russia wants to exploit the European refugee crisis and groups like the Russian-German community to play on insecurities. In an interview with Reuters, Stefan Meister said that Angela Merkel is “the main problem” for Russia because she is not as ready to compromise with Putin as her Social Democrat coalition partners.

  • Kremlin propaganda targets Germany's refugee weak spot

    Interview with Stefan Meister | 27/01/2016 | The local

    Russian TV news has begun questioning Berlin officials' stories about a young woman who was pushed under a U-Bahn train last week, adding to a media broadside that has Russian-German citizens in uproar against the government.

  • Saudi-Iran dispute jeopardizes Yemen peace talks

    Comments by Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 21/01/2016 | Reuters

    Worsening enmity between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran is jeopardizing peace prospects in Yemen where a nine-month-old war has given Islamist militants a foothold in Riyadh's backyard.

  • Cologne: the political aftermath of the mass sexual assaults

    Interview mit Jana Puglierin | 18/01/2016 | 2 SER

    Since the sexual assaults over New Year's Eve in Cologne linked to asylum seekers Angela Merkel has to justify the German refugee policy more than before. In an Interview with the Australian radio station 2SER Jana Puglierin spoke about how public opinion has shifted since Merkel declared an "open door" for refugees last year.

  • Iran and Saudi Arabia: The Impending Storm

    Article by Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 06/01/2016 | Qantara.de

    The Iranian-Saudi rivalry is not a religious conflict. Rather, the conflict arises both countries wanting to claim the regional hegemony and a leading role in the Islamic world, writes political scientist Ali Fathollah-Nejad of the DGAP.

  • 2015: The Year Putin Bounced Back

    Article with Stefan Meister | 29/12/2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

    If it was Russian expansionism that triggered Russia's isolation in 2014, it was Putin’s expansive foreign policy in 2015 that brought him back in from the cold. But he enters 2016 with Western sanctions and seemingly bottomless oil prices still battering Russia’s economy, challenges to his energy-export diplomacy growing, and uncertainty surrounding the outcome of air strikes in Syria.

  • Merkel's China visit aimed at bolstering trade ties

    Quotes of Eberhard Sandschneider | 28/10/2015 | Deutsche Welle

    Despite some areas of disagreement, Sino-German ties are currently enjoying their best period ever, said Eberhard Sandschneider. One of the major irritants in the bilateral relationship is China's poor record on human rights. The issue is expected to figure in Merkel's talks with President Xi Jinping, Sandschneider said, noting that "it is part of the strategic dialogue. Although economic issues are the main focus of Merkel's visit, that doesn't mean other topics will disappear from the agenda."

  • Merkel's frequent visits to China aimed at forging "special" ties

    Interview with Johannes Kadura | 28/10/2015 | Xinhua

    Johannes Kadura believes that it is justified to speak of a "special" relationship at least since President Xi Jinping's visit to Germany at the end of March 2014 and the joint declaration of establishing an all-round strategic partnership between the two countries. "Germany has become China's most important economic partner in Europe in 2014 with a trading volume of over 150 billion euros (165 billion U.S.$); China is Germany's most important trading partner in Asia," Kadura said.

  • Merkel’s Open-Door Refugee Policy Brings New Critics at Home & Abroad

    Interview with Julian Rappold | 22/10/2015 | World Politics Review

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become Europe’s moral voice during the refugee crisis that has seen over 710,000 people reach the European Union’s borders so far this year, with more on the way. They are fleeing war, violence, and poverty. In a press conference in late August, Merkel said, “If Europe fails on the question of refugees, if this close link with universal civil rights is broken, then we won’t have the Europe we wished for.”

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