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  • German-Russian ties feel Cold War-style chill over rape case

    Article with Stefan Meister | 01/02/2016 | Reuters

    The Russian intervention in an alleged rape case in Germany showed how Russia wants to exploit the European refugee crisis and groups like the Russian-German community to play on insecurities. In an interview with Reuters, Stefan Meister said that Angela Merkel is “the main problem” for Russia because she is not as ready to compromise with Putin as her Social Democrat coalition partners.

  • Kremlin propaganda targets Germany's refugee weak spot

    Interview with Stefan Meister | 27/01/2016 | The local

    Russian TV news has begun questioning Berlin officials' stories about a young woman who was pushed under a U-Bahn train last week, adding to a media broadside that has Russian-German citizens in uproar against the government.

  • Saudi-Iran dispute jeopardizes Yemen peace talks

    Comments by Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 21/01/2016 | Reuters

    Worsening enmity between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran is jeopardizing peace prospects in Yemen where a nine-month-old war has given Islamist militants a foothold in Riyadh's backyard.

  • Cologne: the political aftermath of the mass sexual assaults

    Interview mit Jana Puglierin | 18/01/2016 | 2 SER

    Since the sexual assaults over New Year's Eve in Cologne linked to asylum seekers Angela Merkel has to justify the German refugee policy more than before. In an Interview with the Australian radio station 2SER Jana Puglierin spoke about how public opinion has shifted since Merkel declared an "open door" for refugees last year.

  • Iran and Saudi Arabia: The Impending Storm

    Article by Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 06/01/2016 | Qantara.de

    The Iranian-Saudi rivalry is not a religious conflict. Rather, the conflict arises both countries wanting to claim the regional hegemony and a leading role in the Islamic world, writes political scientist Ali Fathollah-Nejad of the DGAP.

  • 2015: The Year Putin Bounced Back

    Article with Stefan Meister | 29/12/2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

    If it was Russian expansionism that triggered Russia's isolation in 2014, it was Putin’s expansive foreign policy in 2015 that brought him back in from the cold. But he enters 2016 with Western sanctions and seemingly bottomless oil prices still battering Russia’s economy, challenges to his energy-export diplomacy growing, and uncertainty surrounding the outcome of air strikes in Syria.

  • Merkel's China visit aimed at bolstering trade ties

    Quotes of Eberhard Sandschneider | 28/10/2015 | Deutsche Welle

    Despite some areas of disagreement, Sino-German ties are currently enjoying their best period ever, said Eberhard Sandschneider. One of the major irritants in the bilateral relationship is China's poor record on human rights. The issue is expected to figure in Merkel's talks with President Xi Jinping, Sandschneider said, noting that "it is part of the strategic dialogue. Although economic issues are the main focus of Merkel's visit, that doesn't mean other topics will disappear from the agenda."

  • Merkel's frequent visits to China aimed at forging "special" ties

    Interview with Johannes Kadura | 28/10/2015 | Xinhua

    Johannes Kadura believes that it is justified to speak of a "special" relationship at least since President Xi Jinping's visit to Germany at the end of March 2014 and the joint declaration of establishing an all-round strategic partnership between the two countries. "Germany has become China's most important economic partner in Europe in 2014 with a trading volume of over 150 billion euros (165 billion U.S.$); China is Germany's most important trading partner in Asia," Kadura said.

  • Merkel’s Open-Door Refugee Policy Brings New Critics at Home & Abroad

    Interview with Julian Rappold | 22/10/2015 | World Politics Review

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become Europe’s moral voice during the refugee crisis that has seen over 710,000 people reach the European Union’s borders so far this year, with more on the way. They are fleeing war, violence, and poverty. In a press conference in late August, Merkel said, “If Europe fails on the question of refugees, if this close link with universal civil rights is broken, then we won’t have the Europe we wished for.”

  • Putin’s Agenda

    Op-ed by Dr. Stefan Meister | 19/10/2015 | Berlin Policy Journal

    Despite President Vladimir Putin’s statements to the contrary, Russia’s airstrikes in Syria have more to do with shoring up Bashar al-Assad – and undermining the United States – than fighting the Islamic State, says Stefan Meister, head of the program on Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

  • The EU generally has a positive attitude towards China's presence in Greece

    Interview with Anne Langhorst | 13/10/2015 | Chinaandgreece.com

    The EU member states – including Germany – generally have a positive attitude towards Outward-Forward-Direct-Investment from China in Greece, says Anne Langhorst, Associate Fellow at DGAP's China Program.

  • Germany Urges International Community To Solve Refugee Crisis

    Quotes of Magdalena Kirchner | 01/10/2015 | Huffington Post

  • Judy Asks: Is Russia Back on the World Stage?

    Comment by Stefan Meister | 30/09/2015 | Carnegie Europe (Judy asks)

    Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges. Stefan Meister thinks Russia is back on the world scene: „It is a sign of the West’s incapacity that Western leaders have no policy on the Middle East, Afghanistan, or the refugee crisis, and that they don’t want to understand that Putin is part of the problem but not the solution. Yes, Putin is back on the world stage. Poor world.“

  • Refugee crisis frays ties between Berlin and east EU

    Interview with Stefan Meister | 28/09/2015 | Financial Times

    “We are observing an alienation between Germany and central and eastern Europe — a growing misunderstanding and even mistrust,” says Stefan Meister of DGAP, a Berlin think-tank.

  • Germany Battles Past Ghosts as Merkel Urges Wider World Role

    Quotes of Magdalena Kirchner | 25/09/2015 | Bloomberg

    Syria has spurred “a rethink in German foreign policy,” Magdalena Kirchner, a Middle East analyst at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, said by phone. “As the refugee crisis developed, the view took hold that this conflict can no longer be fenced off or ignored. With her stance on the crisis, Merkel may be prodding other European leaders toward a bigger international engagement.”

  • Greek Snap Elections 2015

    Citations of Julian Rappold | 18/09/2015 | International Business Times

    Greek voters are set to take to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament. “These elections are important because they will either pave the way for stability or political instability in the country,” said Julian Rappold, the expert on Greece at the DGAP. “The previous Tsipras government agreed to an extremely tight corset in regard to debt. They do not have lots of potential to really shape policies; it’s rather actually who can administer the reforms.”

  • ISDS: The most toxic acronym in Europe

    Citations of Claudia Schmucker | 17/09/2015 | Politico

    The EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malström, is recognizing a public outcry over the once-obscure element of international trade agreements known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement. “Germans are distrustful of this kind of arbitration,” explains Claudia Schmucker. “ISDS is one of the things most contested (in TTIP), together with data privacy and GMOs,” she added. “[The people] fear that companies could find a way in through the back door to lower standards and interfere with legislation.”

  • Refugees are Europe’s responsibility

    TV interview with Henning Riecke | 08/09/2015 | Al Jazeera

    In an interview with Al Jazeera he comments on the latest developments of the refugee crisis. Riecke blames extremists, as well as despots who allow shooting at their own people. The treatment of refugees demonstrated whether Europe takes its values seriously. The focus on the protection of the Mediterranean coast for such a long time was embarrassing, he said. But now the awareness for political responsibility was increasing. For Riecke, an EU quota trading system for refugees is obligatory.

  • Angela Merkel: Europe's Conscience in the Face of a Refugee Crisis

    Citation of Julian Rappold | 05/09/2015 | Newsweek

    The memories of 1989, when tens of thousands of East Germans fled through Hungary to the West, are helping drive Germany’s response to this crisis, says Julian Rappold, of the German Council on Foreign Relations. “The German media is referencing the experience of 1989 and the solidarity that East Germans received when they arrived in Hungary and Czechoslovakia.”

  • The calculating ways of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    Citation of Kristian Brakel | 16/08/2015 | Deutsche Welle

    Polarization in Turkey appears not to have been thrown off track by the peace process. Both sides, the nationalists and the Kurds, have a point, said Kristian Brakel, an Associate Fellow of the German Council on Foreign Relations. "Without a doubt," Brakel said, "the PKK terminated the peace process." But Turkey's government has overstepped the boundary as well, Brakel said: "The wave of arrests and the bombardments of PKK positions is a puffing up of a conflict abroad that is primarily an internal one."


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