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  • Germany reluctantly sends troops to CAR

    Interview with Yvonne van Diepen | 10/04/2014 | Deutsche Welle

    "I think that despite the modest personnel contribution it's still a clear signal on how Germany takes on responsibility within Europe's security policy," said political scientist Yvonne van Diepen of the DGAP. "Germany is concentrating on its key capabilities, and these are on the basis of strategic air transport of wounded personnel, not necessarily an effective use of armed force."

  • Hollande has 'no choice' on reform path

    Interview with Claire Demesmay | 31/03/2014 | Deutsche Welle English

    The French government already began to make the job market more flexible a few months ago - while at the same time lifting some of the burdens on companies - said Claire Demesmay of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). "The unions were included in the process, and major strikes were avoided." "Up until now Hollande has opted for a policy of small steps in order to protect his party colleagues and the population. But I don't know if he can maintain that after this election defeat."

  • Economic "honeymoon" between Germany and China fades

    Interview with Eberhard Sandschneider | 28/03/2014 | Reuters

    As Xi Jinping prepares to make the first trip to Germany by a Chinese president in eight years, lofty goals to boost trade between the world's top exporters look hopelessly out of reach, and German firms are beginning to rethink their aggressive push into China. “‘Diversification’ is now the big theme for German industry.Nobody wants all their eggs in the uncertain Chinese basket" said Eberhard Sandschneider, China expert and head of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

  • Crimea Annexation - Are there any winners?

    TV-Interview with Josef Janning | 18/03/2014 | Deutsche Welle

    In Crimea tensions are escalating. Russia has accused the EU of refusing to "learn the truth" regarding the situation surrounding Ukraine. Josef Janning of the German Council on Foreign Relations said that in fact Russia was expending. “The Russian see it as a counter-move to the West. In Russia the basic assumption is that Ukraine belongs to the Russian sphere. And I expect that it will go on in Eastern Ukraine“.

  • Ukraine crisis: Germany's Russian conundrum

    Interview with Ewald Böhlke | 04/03/2014 | BBC News

    Merkel does not shoot her mouth off. She does not do rhetoric. She is not a hot-head. So what should one make of her reticence in the current crisis with Ukraine? Those who know her way of operating say that Chancellor Merkel's background as a scientist is apparent. Ewald Boehlke, from the German Council on Foreign Relations, told the BBC: "She thinks like a scientist so she takes out all emotion. She will be keeping in contact to work out how to de-escalate the situation step by step."

  • Merkel addresses British parliament

    Interviews with Almut Möller | 28/02/2014 | the Irish Times, Deutsche Welle

    "A domestic challenge to the future of David Cameron's government has turned into a question for the whole European Union, and that brings Germany into the game," Almut Möller, of the German Council on Foreign Relations, told DW. "For Angela Merkel, the question is how much do you have your agenda hijacked by what's happening in Britain. It is crucial for Germany to continue to heal the eurozone. There is less of an interest in Germany to help David Cameron appease his euroskeptics."

  • Merkel set for historic UK visit

    Interviews with Almut Möller | 27/02/2014 | Press review: The Guardian, Economic Times, News Daily ...

    There is a growing concern this week that British expectations have grown far too high for the chancellor to meet. The room Merkel had to voice her support on Thursday was limited, said DGAP’s Almut Möller: "Merkel is caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand she would like to help Cameron out of the corner, as Germany wants Britain in rather than out. But in effect, her real game is the eurozone and therefore she will not keep Britain in the EU at all costs.”

  • Bosnia protesters push for change as economy tanks

    Interview with Theresia Töglhofer | 27/02/2014 | USA Today

    Bosnia-Herzegovina's central government is divided by a power-sharing agreement between Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs who don't always cooperate with each other. "The political system revolves around these three groups, and the ethnic component is still influential," said Theresia Toeglhofer, an analyst at the German Council of Foreign Relations who specializes in the western Balkans. "Decision-making is very difficult because the political leadership is divided along ethnic lines."

  • Westward Shift By Ukraine Would Be Momentous Event

    Interview with Ewald Böhlke | 25/02/2014 | AP- The Associated Press (NPR)

    Ewald Böhlke at the German Council on Foreign Relations is hopeful that Washington, its European allies and Moscow can find common ground. "The Ukrainian state must be a stable state and that means to work together between the EU, Russia and the United States; otherwise we will lose control of society in Ukraine," he said.

  • Ukraine Exposes EU Policy Disarray

    Interview with Ewald Böhlke | 19/02/2014 | The Wall Street Journal

    The deadly violence that exploded this week in Ukraine has another victim: Europe's foreign-policy credibility. The EU was careful not to depict its agreement with Ukraine as a route into the union. "The conditionality in the original EU association offer to Ukraine was informed by the lessons of the first, post-Cold War enlargement wave in the late 1990s," explains Ewald Böhlke of the German Council on Foreign Relations. Nevertheless, some EU countries have pushed hard to bring Kiev closer to the EU.

  • Iran's Foreign Minister Condemns Holocaust

    TV News | 03/02/2014 | Deutsche Welle

    Iran has gone to great length to change their image abroad. But addressing the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sidestepped questions why Iran has blocked nuclear inspections. He emphasized instead Iran's right to peaceful nuclear development. He also stressed full agreement with the international community. "I believe that we can do it by July 20th," he said.

  • U.S. and Germany signal willingness to repair strained relations

    Interview with Josef Braml | 31/01/2014 | The Wall Street Journal

    The revelations about the NSA over the past several months have led to calls by politicians across the political spectrum in Germany for rethinking ties with the U.S.. Experts say that in reality, diminishing the relationship with the U.S. is unlikely, given Europe's dependence on the Americans for military security. "The tail doesn't wag the dog, there's a power differential and there isn't much you can do against it," said Josef Braml of the German Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Germany praises "new direction" in French economic policy

    Interview with Claire Demesmay | 15/01/2014 | Reuters

    Germany praised on Wednesday economic plans unveiled by French President Francois Hollande as a courageous "new direction" which could revitalise France. Claire Demesmay, an expert on France at the German Council on Foreign Relations, said Hollande appeared to be breaking several taboos with his announcement. However, she said,"Hollande cannot bind himself too closely to Germany," adding that big Franco-German initiatives were unlikely before European Parliament elections.

  • "German debates on Security Policy Start With a 'No'"

    Interview with Sebastian Feyock | 20/12/2013 | Spiegel Online

    EU leaders are gathering in Brussels in an effort to shore up the common security and defense policy, amid growing doubts over whether Europe can bridge divergent national views on the continent's security role. German reluctance to participate in recent international military operations have made it more complicated for the EU to articulate a common defense and security vision. "The typical German debate on security policy starts with a 'no,'" said Sebastian Feyock from the German Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Europe may act against USA over spying

    Interview with Josef Braml | 24/10/2013 | USA Today

    Troubles are mounting in Europe for the Obama administration over allegations that the USA tapped phone conversations of leaders and citizens in Germany and France, and it may affect trade relations and longstanding cooperation on many matters. "The spying points to a U.S.-German relationship that, while close-knit on issues like security, is also marked by real and growing rivalry over trade," said Josef Braml of the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.

  • What does Angela Merkel's win mean for Europe

    Interview with Almut Möller | 25/09/2013 | Channel 4 News

    Angela Merkel announced her third electoral win and it's the biggest ever. Europe Editor Matt Frei together with Policy Analyst Almut Möller from the German Council on Foreign Relations analyses how Merkel will do a deal with the defeated Social Democrats, and how all of it will affect Europe.

  • Serbia's EU process – the German Perspective

    Interview with Theresia Töglhofer | 18/09/2013 | Politika (Serbia)

    "It is too early to say that all obstacles have been removed to launch accession negotiations," says Theresia Töglhofer, political analyst at the German Council on Foreign Relations in an interview with the Serbian newspaper Politika. "The negotiation outcome on electricity and telecommunications is one step forward, but this agreement alone will not decide whether Germany and other EU member states will agree to launch accession negotiations," says Töglhofer.

  • It’s the German elections, not the end of the world

    Interview with Almut Möller | 13/08/2013 | Ekathimerini (English edition)

    With current polls giving Angela Merkel’s Conservative Party (CDU) a considerable lead in the upcoming federal election, a number of possible coalitions are being talked about in Berlin. In an interview with the Greek newspaper Ekathimerini Almut Möller, expert on European Policy at the German Council on Foreign Relations, gives an overview of the possible outcomes.

  • Merkel’s Chief of Staff testifies before intelligence oversight committee

    Interview with Sebastian Feyock | 30/07/2013 | Voice of America

    In the run up to September’s federal elections the opposition is trying to decrease Chancellor Angela Merkel’s lead using the NSA spying scandal. Ronald Pofalla, Merkel’s Chief of Staff, testified before Germany’s intelligence oversight committee last Thursday on the matter. This won’t play a role in the campaign though, as the information will not be made public in the near future, according to Sebastian Feyock a DGAP expert on transatlantic relations.

  • The EU has no leverage to promote democracy in Egypt

    Interview with Christian Achrainer | 30/07/2013 | Deutsche Welle

    Since the military ousted Egyptian President Morsi, western states have faced the same dilemma as with former President Mubarak: should they support democracy or promote stability? The US has chosen stability by continuing to fund the Egyptian military but the EU’s position on the matter is wholly different, says Christian Achrainer an Egypt expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

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