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  • Hungary Passes Law Targeting Central European University

    Comments by Milan Nič | 04/04/2017 | Foreign Policy

    Hungary’s parliament hastily passed into law a bill designed to force the closure of the Central European University (CEU), one of the region’s most prestigious academic institutions. The law stipulates that foreign universities can only exist under a bilateral agreement between Hungary and the institution’s “home country,” where they are required to have a campus. Though thousands protested the legislation on the streets of Budapest over the weekend, the vote passed 123 to 38.

  • “A More Confrontational Style”

    Comments by Daniela Schwarzer | 14/03/2017 | NBC News

    Daniela Schwarzer told NBC news that Merkel enjoys a reputation for not spontaneously reacting to provocation emotionally but rather for taking “a very moderate tone.” This is how Angela Merkel has addressed leaders like Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Next Friday the German chancellor will meet Donald Trump for the first time face-to-face. Of that personal meeting, Schwarzer thinks that Merkel “has to prepare for a more confrontational style.”

  • Russia’s RT Network: Is It More BBC or K.G.B.?

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 08/03/2017 | The New York Times

    “Many Western countries regard RT as the slickly produced heart of a broad, often covert disinformation campaign designed to sow doubt about democratic institutions and destabilize the West,” writes journalist Steven Erlanger in a recent New York Times article. The DGAP’s Stefan Meister offered Erlanger his own take on the Russian-sponsored television channel and website, explaining that, while the channel’s ratings may be low, it is part of a sophisticated and much larger and propaganda effort.

  • Europe Considers Its Own Nuclear Weapons Program

    Comments by Jana Puglierin | 07/03/2017 | NY Times

    The discussion of a European Union nuclear weapons program is gaining ground within European policy circles. According to The New York Times it “demonstrates the growing sense in Europe that drastic steps may be necessary to protect the postwar order in the era of a Trump presidency, a resurgent Russia and the possibility of an alignment between the two.” CDU Bundestag member Roderich Kiesewetter raised the matter of the European nuclear option in the Bundestag soon after Trump’s election.

  • Russia Already Interfering in German Election Campaign

    Interview with Stefan Meister | 02/03/2017 | NBC Universal

    In the interview, Stefan Meister noted that Russian media gives a viable platform to Germany’s right-wing parties, and to people very critical of Merkel’s refugee policy and of the European Union. He also pointed out that there was already a cyber-attack on the Bundestag last year. Security experts have indicated the strong likelihood a Russian source for the hack, and Meister presumes that we will see some of the information that was taken in this attack surface in the election campaign.

  • Prospects for German Right-wing Party in Doubt

    Comments by Olaf Böhnke | 02/03/2017 | The Washington Times

    Olaf Böhnke, an associate fellow at the DGAP’s Oppenheim Center, explained that the internal disputes within the Alternative für Deutschland party have been brewing for months. This dispute, says, is turning “into a serious power play within the party leadership.”

  • A Worried Europe Finds Scant Reassurance on Trump’s Plans

    Comments by Daniela Schwarzer | 23/02/2017 | The New York Times

    This year’s Munich Security Conference has done little to assuage European doubts, Daniela Schwarzer told Steven Erlanger of the New York Times. The audience at Munich was “not reassured” about Trump’s policy. People still do not trust his statements and find him “erratic and incalculable.”

  • For Germany Trump Poses a Problem with No Clear Solution

    Comments by Jana Puglierin | 06/02/2017 | The New York Times

    Germany is in a uniquely difficult position because its economy and national security rely on American support. Donald Trump’s presidency seems not only to be putting that support in danger but to be calling into question its support for the European Union more generally. It is increasingly up to Germany to maintain and protect European unity.

  • Will Trump Go Ballistic over Iranian Missile Test?

    Interview with Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 02/02/2017 | Deutsche Welle

    Iran’s missile test in Trump’s second week of office elicited a stern warning from the US president’s security advisors Michael Flynn and James Mattis. According to the DGAP’s Ali Fathollah-Nejad, it is too early to determine how seriously to read that warning, though Flynn’s “hard stance on Iran” was well known before the inauguration. For the scholar of Iranian foreign policy, the rocket test certainly sent the message that Iran would not be not pursuing a “policy of detente.”

  • Protectionism vs. Export Economy

    Interview with Daniela Schwarzer | 25/01/2017 | Deutsche Welle TV

    With regard to Donald Trump’s announcements of a protectionist agenda, Daniela Schwarzer said that he seemed to be aiming for symbolic success, as he had promised a great deal during the election campaign. “There is a real political risk that Donald Trump undermines the liberal economic order we have.” Schwarzer said that populists “will have a very hard time in fulfilling their promise of creating more jobs,” as “protectionism will only lead to short-term gains.”

  • “We Cannot Trust Trump to Take Care of Europe’s Security”

    Comments by Josef Braml | 22/01/2017 | NBC News

    On January 17, the British Army sent five tanks down the Channel Tunnel in a test to move equipment by rail as well as sea and air. Against the background of tensions between NATO and Russia as well as President Trump’s remark on NATO being “obsolete,” Josef Braml said that “we cannot trust Trump to take care of [Europe’s] security.” In case Trump “cuts a deal with Putin, then maybe there will be fewer tanks, American tanks, on European soil.”

  • AfD and FN Leaders Meet in Koblenz


    At a gathering of right-wing parties in Koblenz, Germany, the “Alternative for Deutschland” (AfD) Chairwoman Frauke Petry met with Marine Le Pen, President of the Front National (FN). Claire Demesmay argues that the event was crucial for the AfD in order to demonstrate “that they have international partners.”

  • How Russia Tampers with the German Election

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 19/01/2017 | Deutsche Welle

    “The threat is as big as we make it,” Stefan Meister said. After previously miscalculating the Russian threat, authorities were perhaps now overestimating Russiaʼs ability to control how Germans vote: “The fear of what Russia could do appears to me to be much more successful than what Russia is actually doing.”

  • Europe is Bracing for The Trump Era

    Comments by Daniela Schwarzer | 18/01/2017 | Washington Post

    Concerning the transatlantic relationship, European leaders are, as the Washington Post puts it, “trying to put a brave face on Donald Trump’s new world order.” According to the DGAP’s Daniela Schwarzer, “a lot of thinking in Berlin is already going into how we will have to reckon with Trump in actions he takes strategically or actions he takes that impact the Western liberal order.”

  • The Right Response to Russian Disinformation: Do Your Homework and Don't Panic!


    Stefan Meister comments to Carnegie Europe's Judy Dempsey on how the EU can defeat Russian disinformation campaigns. Europe can't afford to panic, he says. President Putin has "leeway to play on Europe’s fears while supporting populist parties and leaders, but these are Europe’s own fears and populists; they are not created by Putin. Europeans can find answers to their weaknesses only if they do their homework. That would be the best answer to Russian disinformation."

  • Trump and Putin: The Overture

    Comments by Sebastian Feyock | 04/01/2017 | Deutsche Welle

    The DGAP’s Sebastian Feyock thinks President-elect Donald Trump's rhetoric on Russia seems to announce a restart of bilateral relations, much as Obama wanted at the beginning of his presidency. Feyock also points out that many political commentators fear that “Trump could be the third president in a row" to be misled and eventually double-crossed by Vladimir Putin.

  • No Peace in Sight in Eastern Ukraine

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 27/12/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    Neither the Russian nor the Ukrainian side seems willing to find a political solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. According to the DGAP’s Stefan Meister, the Russian side is in fact quite comfortable with the current state of affairs. “It enables it to keep Ukraine in a dependent relationship,“ he says. On the Ukrainian side, however, there is also a lack of the political will to advance the Minsk Process, says Meister.

  • The method in Angela Merkel’s measured response to terror

    Article by Daniela Schwarzer | 23/12/2016 | Financial Times

    Writing for the Financial Times, the DGAP's research institute director Daniela Schwarzer, explains that German civil society’s support for the chancellor’s refugee policy remains vital.

  • Berlin Attack Tests Chancellor Merkel

    Comments by Daniela Schwarzer | 22/12/2016 | The New York Times

    DGAP's Daniela Schwarzer talks to the New York Times about the toughest challenge to Merkel in 11 years in power

  • Germany’s 2017 Electoral Campaign: The Shape of Things to Come

    Comments by Daniela Schwarzer | 21/12/2016 | The New York Times

    The DGAP's Daniela Schwarzer tells the New York Times that the AfD's readiness to blame Chancellor Merkel for Monday's terrorist attack in Berlin offers a glimpse into what kind of campaign the far-right populist party will be conducting next year.

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