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  • World Questions: London

    Terrorism | 01/06/2017 | Daniela Schwarzer joins a BBC panel

    The DGAP's director Daniela Schwarzer joined a BBC panel that also included Lord Kinnock, former leader of the Labour Party; Lord Howard, former leader of the Conservative party; Lord Campbell, former leader of the Liberal Democrats; and Susan Glasser, founding editor of Politico. Jonathan Dimbleby of the BBC moderated the discussion, the second half of which had a strong focus on Brexit.

  • Merkel Stated the Obvious:

    Transatlantic Relations | 31/05/2017 | An opinion piece by Jana Puglierin

    "The good thing about the German Chancellor," writes Jana Puglierin in her op-ed, "is that she is not known to say things lightly. Frau Merkel usually means what Frau Merkel says. An Atlanticist by heart, she has surely not ended the transatlantic relationship in a beer tent."

  • Is Alice Weidel A New Face for the AfD?

    Comments by Cornelius Adebahr | 18/05/2017 | The Washington Post

    Alice Weidel was nominated as one of the campaign leaders of Germany’s right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) for the next German general election. As a gay politician and a parent, Weidel gives expression to a “seemingly ironic trend” in European nationalism: an attempt of far-right parties in Europe to portray themselves as more tolerant than their images suggest. Although many nationalist movements in the West often oppose full rights for gays, some national parties are trying to change this image.

  • A Franco-German Meeting in Good Faith

    Comments by Claire Demesmay | 16/05/2017 | Handelblatt Global

    Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron met in Berlin on May 16. According to Claire Demesmay, Chancellor Merkel is very willing to cooperate with the new French president. “Merkel wants to show good will and send a clearly supportive message,” Demesmay said. “Berlin does not want to make life harder for Macron.”

  • If Macron Fails, Germany Fails

    Comments by Daniela Schwarzer | 12/05/2017 | The Economist: Kaffeeklatsch

    After palpable relief in Germany over Emmanuel Macron’s victory, political fault lines once again become visible in Berlin over how to respond to his program.

  • Schulz Backs Macron on Eurozone Investment Plan

    Comments by Jana Puglierin | 10/05/2017 | Financial Times

    Martin Schulz, leader of the German Social Democrats, backs Emmanuel Macron’s plans for a common eurozone budget. Angela Merkel has insisted that Macron should first reform the French economy and if he wants to receive assistance from Berlin and other eurozone partners. Nevertheless, Merkel is committed to helping Macron; Germany needs France as a strong partner to boost the EU together and to fight anti-EU populism.

  • Emmanuel Macron’s Victory Gives Hope for Reforms in the EU

    Comments by Cornelius Adebahr | 08/05/2017 | The Washington Post

    The new French president faces the challenge of implementing his ambitious agenda for the French economy. The possibility of pushing through reforms in the French labor and business market combined with Macron’s pro-EU stance would ensure more flexible relations with Germany. It would give France stronger creditability in Berlin’s eyes.

  • Sobotka’s Resignation a Political Gamble

    Comments by Milan Nič | 03/05/2017 | Financial Times, Deutsche Welle

    The prime minister’s announcement that he would resign along with his entire government has caught the country by surprise. The Social Democrat Bohuslav Sobotka said he could not defend the conduct of the Czech financial minister Andrej Babis, nor continue to serve in coalition with him. Babis’s private business dealings have been under scrutiny, opening the billionaire founder of the ANO party to charges of tax evasion.

  • No Changes in Ukraine in the Foreseeable Future

    Interview with Wilfried Jilge | 03/05/2017 | BBC World News

    Chancellor Angela Merkel recently met President Vladimir Putin in Sochi to discuss the Ukrainian conflict. According to Wilfried Jilge, the DGAP’s expert on Ukraine, the meeting between the two highlighted the fact that Putin is still repeating the “narratives of the propaganda campaign” in justifying Russia’s involvement in the conflict.

  • Russian Influence Expected in French and German Elections

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 02/05/2017 | The Economist

    Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian general staff, used the term “hybrid warfare” in an article in 2013, describing it as the use of “information conflict” alongside diplomacy and military force to achieve geopolitical aims. Cyber spying also falls under the heading. DGAP expert Stefan Meister, speaking to the Economist, stated that it will come as no surprise if embarrassing files are published on WikiLeaks to discredit anti-Kremlin candidates during this year’s elections in France and Germany.

  • French Elections Offer Relief to Europe and Germany

    Comments by Daniela Schwarzer | 24/04/2017 | The New York Times

    From a German perspective, Frencbh presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s promises that he will push for economic reforms are welcome. France is the eurozone’s second largest economy, and Germany fears that, without further economic reforms from all EU member states – including France – there will have to be more bailouts in the future. If so Germany would have to bear the biggest burden.

  • Can Macron Address the Anti-European Mood in France?

    Comments by Claire Demesmay | 24/04/2017 | The Washington Post

    Emmanuel Macron is strongly favored to beat his anti-Europe rival, Marine Le Pen, in the runoff on May 7. He is clearly the candidate for those who wish to promote the stability of the European Union. But according to Claire Demesmay, head of the DGAP’s Franco-German Relations Program, “Europe’s leaders have an over-interpretation of the role Macron can play” for Europe.

  • NATO’s Top Mission: Preparing for Trump

    Comments by Christian Mölling | 12/04/2017 | Politico

    The new US president fuelled alarm among the US’s NATO partners by calling NATO “obsolete” and repeatedly demanding that other members increase their contributions to the costs of the alliance. “My impression is that in Brussels everybody is hypersensitive because of this one word ‘obsolete,’” the DGAP’s Christian Mölling told Politico. “Everybody is still nervous.”

  • Europe’s Balkan Blindspot

    Comments by Milan Nič | 10/04/2017 | Politico

    After a period of tranquillity, growing political instability and territorial disputes in the Balkans have led to increased concerns among European leaders. Since the election of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić in April, it is primarily Serbia causing headaches within the EU. Thousands of protesters have come to the streets every night to demonstrate, alleging the election was rigged and accusing Vučić, who has been backed by Brussels for years, of trying to install a dictatorship.

  • German Armed Forces to Modernize and Build Cyber Defenses

    Interview with Christian Mölling | 05/04/2017 | The Cipher Brief

    Germany’s future defense policy, as defined in the government’s White Paper of 2016, relies on remilitarizing. “What we are now creating is a qualitative rebuilding of the readiness within the armed forces, not with numbers but with quality,” Mölling told Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder. Germany is also building up a cyber command in order to cooperate more efficiently with allied partners like the UK and France.

  • 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.

  • Hotheadedness of Post-Brexit Britain

    Comments by Cornelius Adebahr | 03/04/2017 | The Washington Post

    Although almost all Gibraltarians reaffirmed in a 2002 referendum that they want to stay British citizens, the Brexit debate has brought new leverage to Spanish claims that the British outpost is Spanish territory and complicates the EU negations. The UK’s withdrawal from the open border and customs agreements of the EU enables Spain to exert economic pressure on the British outpost as a bargaining chip.

  • “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.

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