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  • 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.

  • The 2017 Election in Germany

    Contribution by Daniela Schwarzer | 20/12/2016 | The Globe and Mail

    Daniela Schwarzer tells the Globe and Mail (Toronto) that Chancellor Merkel’s success in next year’s elections depends on keeping the inflow of migrants under control and on preventing future attacks.

  • Russian Influence Looms over Germany’s Election

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 19/12/2016 | Politico

    According to Stefan Meister, the influence of Russian foreign media outlets and their activity on social networks had increased. "In growing segments of the German population, people have this vaguely positive image of the Russians as people who stand up to the political mainstream, to the US,” Meister told Politico.

  • After a Cyberattack, Germany Fears Election Disruption

    Comments by Wilfried Jilge | 08/12/2016 | The New York Times

    In May 2015 hackers infiltrated the German Bundestag’s computer network. Nearly one year later Germany’s intelligence agency has concluded that the attack was most likely the work of their Russian counterparts. Recently, 900,000 Germans lost access to the Internet and telephone services, and politicians again began to suspect Moscow.

  • New US President, New Significance for Germany

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

    US President Barack Obama met with Chancellor Angela Merkel on his farewell visit to Europe. Obama has relied on Merkel's strength in Europe in several domains, from helping to defuse the Ukraine conflict to taking in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to 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.

  • Will a Joint Liberal Pluralistic Society Be Possible in the Future?

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

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

  • Dark Cloud of Donald 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 the DGAP's magazine the Berlin Policy Journal, no one was as close as Obama to Merkel in temperament or in outlook on international affairs. Hoff pointed out 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.

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