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  • New US-President, New Significance for Germany

    Kommentar von Daniela Schwarzer | 17/11/2016 | The Guardian

    On his farewell visit in Europe US President Barack Obama meets Chancellor Angela Merkel. Obama relied on her strength in Europe on several domains like helping to defuse the Ukraine conflict, taking in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and promoting free trade. “A lot about Europe’s future will be determined by whether Germany has a strong leader who wishes to push things forward,” said Daniela Schwarzer.

  • A Joint Liberal Pluralistic Society in The Future?

    Comments by Sylke Tempel | 17/11/2016 | The Guardian

    According to Sylke Tempel in spite of the biggest setbacks to US-German relations, there was always still a “joint belief in a liberal pluralistic society”. But this belief “has never been questioned as seriously, and yet in as frivolous a manner, as now,” Sylke Tempel said.

  • Dark Cloud of Trump Hanging over Everything

    Comments by Henning Hoff | 16/11/2016 | USA Today

    Obama described Merkel as his "closest international partner”. According to Henning Hoff, editor in chief of the Berlin Policy Journal, the magazine of the German Council on Foreign Relations, with Obama, there was no one as close to Merkel temperamentally, or in her outlook on international affairs. Hoff analyzed that both view the world in a certain, detached way and think things through before acting. But now there is this “huge, dark cloud of Donald Trump hanging over everything," Hoff said.

  • Election outcome leaves Red Star hanging over Moldova

    Comments by Martin Sieg | 14/11/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    The Socialists' Party (PSRM) led by Igor Dodon won the country's presidency elections with about 52 percent in the second round. His opponent, Maia Sandu of the Action and Solidarity party (PAS), had 48 percent. According to Martin Sieg Sandu's electoral successes was more "astounding" than Dodon's predictable victory. Although she was not part of an established party and had few financial resources and little media exposure, she was successful. She put emphasis on Facebook in large parts of her campaign.

  • Brexit: What Europe Wants

    Comments by Sylke Tempel | 14/11/2016 | BBC

    According to Sylke Tempel there were three different stages of reactions after the Brexit: first there was a shock with unwise statements of “Punishing the UK” and the fear that Brexit could be contagious, second the acceptance of the result and then third a settled attitude within the thinking about how this Brexit can look like.

  • Ukraine as Bargaining Tool

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 10/11/2016 | Financial Times

    Under Trumps presidency the US will no longer support and protect the Western states against pressure from Moscow. This will be a big problem for the negotiations about Ukraine. According to Stefan Meister Trump wants to make a deal with Putin, he wants to fix relations with Russia, and Ukraine could be a bargaining tool. “He’s a businessman, and I think he can much better understand the paradigm, ‘so that’s yours, and that’s mine’.’’ Meister said.

  • Trump Election elicits Fears

    Comments by Daniela Schwarzer | 09/11/2016 | The Gazette, The foxnews, The Economic Times

    According to Daniela Schwarzer, Germany and Europe can't rely on its partnership with the US because of Trump's stated policies. He has called NATO and trade agreements into question and reached out to Moscow. Trump's campaign “of discrimination, lies, and aggression harmed the principles of liberal democracy”, Schwarzer said. “Even if President Trump doesn't implement everything, Germany and Europe can't rely on the transatlantic partnership as usual and [will] have to stand up for Western values themselves."

  • What will a Trump Presidency look Like?

    Comments by Henning Riecke | 09/11/2016 | Radio Free Europe

    If the United States "leans more to the Russian side" during Trump's presidency, it could have "direct and very dangerous repercussions for European security", Henning Riecke says. According to Riecke, Trump will face a "reality check" if he tries to renegotiate NATO burden-sharing. Riecke underlines that it was one of the most important bases of American superpower status - to promise that they protect their allies.

  • New Era for Foreign Policy

    Comments by Sylke Tempel | 09/11/2016 | The Local

    According to Sylke Tempel, Donald Trump as US President is poison for fruitful foreign policy. Now a person is in charge of the most important office in the world “who can’t control himself, who has no political experience, who takes criticism as personal assault, and who is clearly motivated by vengeance”, Tempel said.

  • The Day after

    Discussion with Daniela Schwarzer | 09/11/2016 | Deutsche Welle TV

    Donald Trump´s ideas of pulling the USA out of NAFTA, undermining NATO or reaching out to Putin would seriously change the context for the United States. This would pretty determinately change the country. That's why in Daniela Schwarzer’s point of view Trump may backtrack from some of the points he has made.

  • “There Is a Fundamental Loss of Trust on Both Sides”

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 14/10/2016 | The Christian Science Monitor

    According to Stefan Meister, relations between Russia and the European Union are the worst they have been since the end of World War II. “There is a fundamental loss of trust on both sides,” Meister says. Moreover, Meister argues that Putin “has no interest in resolving the crisis with the West; he is using it to legitimize his government.”

  • Rouhani´s role in Iran

    Comments by Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 06/10/2016 | EurActiv

    Ali Fathollah-Nejad explained that it is a common misconception that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is a “reformer”, because despite enjoying support from the reformist camp, he still is a member of the centrists. Internal pressure from the Iranian elite could stop attempts to open up the economy.

  • Expected Rise of Right-Wing Populism in Iran

    Interview mit Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 22/09/2016 | Vestnik Kavkaza

    According to Ali Fathollah-Nejad the sanctions against Iran were counterproductive. "The sanctions against Iran were presented as [being] capable of decapitating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Iranian regime. However, in the end these forces became stronger after the sanctions hit the whole society. As a result, Iranian civil society, which had already been in dire straits, was weakened [...]."

  • Erdogan Involvement in Coup Plot "highly unlikely"

    Interview with Kristian Brakel | 17/07/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    Many rumors have been circulating since the failed coup attempt in Turkey. DW talks to Kristian Brakel, associate fellow of DGAP and head of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Istanbul about speculation, scanty evidence, and the division in Turkish society. So far, Brakel sees no evidence of Erdogan's involvement in the organization of the coup.

  • Disillusion in Iran One Year after the Nuclear Deal

    Comments by Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 13/07/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    A year after the completion of the nuclear deal, disenchantment is spreading in Iran. High hopes for Iran's economic revitalization remain unfulfilled. Sanctions have not been lifted as quickly as was originally hoped, with slower effects than expected. According to DGAP Associate Fellow Ali Fathollah-Nejad, the region needs a new security architecture that takes the needs of all sides into account.

  • Don't Forget the Western Balkans

    Article by Sarah Wohlfeld | 08/07/2016 | Spiegel Online International

    Following the Brexit vote, attention in the EU is likely to shift to internal debates on the future of European integration. But it's important that Europe not forget the Western Balkans, for whom the prospect of membership in the bloc is an important motivator for peace.

  • Brexit Leaves Germany’s Merkel to Put the EU Back Together

    Fernsehinterview mit Sylke Tempel | 27/06/2016 | Time

    In the waves of confusion after the Brexit referendum, Angela Merkel seems to be the voice of reason. According to the DGAP’s Sylke Tempel, Brexit accentuates not only Germany’s position in the EU but, gives Angela Merkel “an even bigger role.” Tempel applauds Merkel´s warning against punishing Britain for leaving.

  • Brexit Gives Euroskeptic Parties a Boost

    Comments by Julian Rappold | 27/06/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    Right-wing parties are calling for referendums on EU membership, notably in France and the Netherlands. Soon after the result in Great Britain, Marine Le Pen demanded a similar referendum in her country. The DGAP's Julian Rappold comments on the prospect of similar referendums in EU member states and the likelihood of other member states following the British example.

  • In Case of Brexit Germany Has to Be More Assertive

    Comments by Julian Rappold | 23/06/2016 | euobserver

    If British people decide a Brexit “Germany would lose an important ally in deepening the single market, liberalizing the markets, especially vis-a-vis France, whose approach on economic issues is more interventionist and etatist,” told Julian Rappold. In the euro and the refugee crises Germany has been seen as key to the solution and at the same time as a part of the problem. This sentiment could be reinforced, and populists in other member states could get a boost from a more assertive Germany.

  • Despite the European Championship, Further Strikes in France

    Comments by Julie Hamann | 14/06/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    Even during the European Football Championship, French unions are on strike, protesting planned labor market reforms currently being forced through parliament without a vote. The reforms aim to promote greater flexibility in hiring and firing and to address the country’s high unemployment, particularly among youth.

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