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  • 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.

  • 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.

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