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  • Vladimir Putin’s Favorite German, Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, At the Russian's Inauguration and on the Kremlin Payroll

    Stefan Meister quoted | 09/05/2018 | The Daily Beast

    Schröder argues that Germany owes Russia a special debt after what the Nazis did to it. But it looks like he's the one who's collecting. “The Kremlin uses Schröder to mould its narratives,” Stefan Meister, who works at the German Council of Foreign Relations, tells us.

  • To Save The Iran Deal, The EU Should Adjust Its Strategy

    Cornelius Adebahr mentioned | 19/04/2018 | LobeLog

    With the May 12 deadline set by U.S. President Donald Trump to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) approaching, European Union foreign ministers failed to agree on new sanctions against Iran at their meeting in Luxembourg on Monday April 16. The plan, hatched by the so-called EU3 — France, Germany, United Kingdom — was to slap new sanctions on Iran for “destabilizing regional policies” such as its support for Bashar Assad in Syria.

  • Who is Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman?

    Sebastian Sons quoted | 03/04/2018 | The Washington Post

    Jewish people have a right to their ‘own land,’ Saudi crown prince says as he seeks ally against Iran

  • Kim’s Message for Trump: China Is Back on Our Side

    Bernt Berger quoted | 28/03/2018 | Bloomberg

    Kim Jong Un just sent a powerful message to U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of planned talks: China is back on North Korea’s side.

  • U.S., Allies Expel More Than 100 Russian Envoys for U.K. Attack

    Stefan Meister quoted | 27/03/2018 | Bloomberg

    President Donald Trump ordered 60 Russian diplomats the U.S. considers spies to leave the country and closed Russia’s consulate in Seattle in response to the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in the U.K., as European allies and Canada took similar measures.

  • Back on track, Germany now tasked with refocusing itself and patching up Europe

    Jana Puglierin quoted | 22/03/2018 | OpenCanada

    With US politics shaking up European alliances, Angela Merkel — now officially in her fourth term — has another chance to recalibrate Germany’s foreign policies. As Siobhán Dowling reports, her government has already hit the ground running.

  • Putin wins presidential election over his strongman foreign policy

    Interview with Sarah Pagung | 19/03/2018 | DW News TV

    On Sunday Wladidmir Putin won the presidential elections with 76% of votes. A victory of Putin was expected, due to an unfair election system and the immense popularity of Mr. Putin in Russia, explained Sarah Pagung at Deutsche Welle. Still, the Kremlin was nervous about the turnout rate and the extent of Putins victory. The elections are a plebiscite to create legitimacy for Putin and his regime. Therefore, Pagung added, low results pose a risk to the regime stability.

  • Slovakia: Fico will ‘still pull strings’ as protests intensify

    Interview with Milan Nič | 17/03/2018 | DW

    The Slovak prime minister has resigned amid a political crisis triggered by the murder of a journalist. Protests have swept the country, and researcher Milan Nic told DW there is little sign they will subside.

  • UK faces dilemma after assassination of former Russian double agent Skripal

    Interview with Sarah Pagung | 16/03/2018 | DW News TV

    After the attack on the former Russian agent Skripal and his daughter in the UK Theresa May announced sanctions against Russia which it holds responsible for this assassination. Sarah Pagung, DGAP expert on Russia, explains, that the UK as well as Europe face a dilemma as there is so far no final evidence for the involvement of the Russian state. Still, further European sanctions are unlikely but the Skripal affair may foster the extension of the existing sanctions regime against Russia.

  • Minister quits over Slovak journalist's murder

    Milan Nič quoted | 12/03/2018 | Financial Times

    Milan Nič, Expert on Central Europe from the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), comments on the latest developments in Slovakia.

  • China opens door to EU influence through Belt and Road’s divisive investments

    Stefan Meister quoted | 06/03/2018 | The Washington Times

    China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative has taken Central Asia and Africa by storm as developing countries line up for Beijing’s money to break ground on pricey, China-backed and China-financed infrastructure projects.

  • ‚Das Vertrauen in Osteuropa schwindet‘


    Slovakia is slipping deeper into political crisis following the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée. President Andrej Kiska has joined calls for snap elections over the government's handling of the situation.

  • Putin Turns Annual Address to the Parliament into Campaigning Event

    Interview with Sarah Pagung | 05/03/2018 | DW News TV

    On March 1, 2018, Russian president Vladimir Putin held his annual speech in the Federal Assembly in Moscow. With the presidential elections less than three weeks ahead, the speech was a campaigning event rather than a classical address to the parliament. Besides social and economic aspects Putin focused on his foreign policy. It encapsulates “the essence of his presidency,” explains DGAP’s Russia expert Sarah Pagung in DW news.

  • China, Germany, and Central Europe: Leveraging Fault Lines

    Interview with Jacobo Maria Pepe | 01/03/2018 | The Diplomat

    Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Jacopo Maria Pepe – Associate Fellow at the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia and adviser to the Italian Foreign Ministry – is the 129th in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.”

  • The future of the UK’s bilateral relationships in Europe

    Podcast with Daniela Schwarzer | 09/02/2018 | Wilton Park

    After leaving the EU, the UK will need to build robust relationships not only with the EU institutions, but also with the member states in the EU bilaterally. DGAP’s Director Dr. Daniela Schwarzer and Prof. Kalypso Nicolaidis, Oxford University, discuss the challenges and options for the British government across policy areas.

  • What the EU Thinks of the US ‘Indo-Pacific’ Strategy

    Interview with Bernt Berger | 31/01/2018 | The Diplomat

    Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Bernt Berger – senior fellow and head of the Asia Program at the German Council on Foreign Relations; and founder and CEO of the Engagement Policy Centre in Berlin – is the 125th in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.”

  • Zeman’s presidential victory highlights Czech divisions on EU

    Milan Nič quoted | 29/01/2018 | Financial Times

    From the article in Financial Times: “‘It’s not just a victory for populism over liberalism in the Czech Republic. It’s also a sign that there is a part of Czech society that wants to be protected,’ said Milan Nic, from the German Council on Foreign Relations.”

  • Pro-Russian Milos Zeman faces tough run-off for Czech presidency

    Milan Nič quoted | 15/01/2018 | Financial Times

    From the article in Financial Times: “Drahos is the clear favourite. The second round is his to lose. If you look at the votes in absolute numbers, Zeman got around 2m votes, and Drahos got around 1.4m,“ said Milan Nic, from the German Council on Foreign Relations. “The combined votes of Horacek, Hilser, Fischer and Topolanek are around 1.7m. So if Drahos can win more than half of those, he wins. Zeman needs to mobilise his own people, and for others not to turn out for Drahos.”

  • German Engineering Yields New Warship That Isn’t Fit for Sea

    Interview with Christian Mölling | 12/01/2018 | Wall Street Journal

  • Poland: How feasible is a 'Polexit?'

    Interview with Milan Nič | 05/01/2018 | DW

    Poland and the EU are on a confrontation course. There's even talk the country could leave the Union. How realistic is that scenario? DW put that question to Milan Nic of the German Council on Foreign Relations.

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