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  • Brexit gives euroskeptic parties a boost

    Comments by Julian Rappold | 27/06/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    Right-wing parties are calling for referendum on EU membership, notably in France and the Netherlands. Soon after the result in Great Britain Marine le Pen demanded a similar referendum in her country. Julian Rappold comments on the prospect of similar referendum calls in EU member states and the probability of other member states to follow the British example.

  • In case of Brexit Germany has to be more assertive

    Comments by Julian Rappold | 23/06/2016 | euobserver

    If British people decide a Brexit “Germany would lose an important ally in deepening the single market, liberalizing the markets, especially vis-a-vis France, whose approach on economic issues is more interventionist and etatist,” told Julian Rappold. In the euro and the refugee crises Germany has been seen as key to the solution and at the same time as a part of the problem. This sentiment could be reinforced, and populists in other member states could get a boost from a more assertive Germany.

  • Despite the European Championship, Further Strikes in France

    Comments by Julie Hamann | 14/06/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    Even during the European Football Championship, French unions are on strike, protesting planned labor market reforms currently being forced through parliament without a vote. The reforms aim to promote greater flexibility in hiring and firing and to address the country’s high unemployment, particularly among youth.

  • Saudis should act more cautiously and diplomatically

    Comments by Sebastian Sons | 10/06/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    Saudi Arabia and its allies have threatened the UN with cutting funds in order to squash criticism of rights violations in Yemen if it is not removed from a blacklist of countries that kill and maim children. Blackmailing the UN is unlikely to avert criticism.

  • Fearing Russia, Poland looks to NATO

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 02/06/2016 | Handelsblatt Global

    Since Poland has a fraught history with Russia, it has been alarmed by Moscow's military aggression in Ukraine. It is looking to its NATO allies to ramp up troop numbers on its soil but some in the West don’t want to further antagonize Moscow. Following this development “Military definitely plays now a bigger role again,” Mr. Meister told Handelsblatt Global Edition. According to Meister “There has been a fundamental modernization of Russian troops and equipment since 2008”.

  • Can Libertarians, Greens end Republican-Democrat grip?

    Kommentare von Josef Braml | 30/05/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    Following Braml, American Politics are not formulated and steered by the parties, but negotiated through issues networks. "In contrast to Germany, US parties have no authoritative power in the legislative process. With exception to their electoral function, parties have a diminished role in the USA."

  • Putin loses the German Establishment

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 23/04/2016 | The Economist

    DGAP Expert Stefan Meister comments on consequences of the Russian disinformation tactics in Germany.

  • Ties between Germany and Russia enter new chill

    Comments by Stefan Meister | 04/04/2016 | Reuters

    Since the collapse of the Soviet Union Germany and Russia grew closer thanks to trade and cultural ties. But those ties began to unravel after the Ukraine crisis in late 2013. Now the relations between Germany and Russia are in a tense situation. Stefan Meister said to Reuters: "All the networks, all the personal ties - they just don't work anymore."

  • Iran: The buds of cultural rapprochement

    Interview with Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 04/04/2016 | Qantara.de: Dialogue with the Islamic World

    Following the historic Iran nuclear deal that was clinched in Vienna in July 2015 and the subsequent lifting of nuclear-related sanctions against Iran in mid-January 2016, Germany and Iran are now looking for ways to stimulate cultural dialogue and exchange between the two countries. Interviewed by Dorothea Grassmann (Institute for International Cultural Relations, ifa), Ali Fathollah-Nejad elaborates on the context.

  • EU open border system after Brussels attacks

    Comments by Julian Rappold | 25/03/2016 | cctv

    The European Commission warns keeping the borders closed. In an interview with cctv Julian Rappold comments the current situation.

  • Istanbul attack: 'We've all walked down this street'

    Interview with Kristian Brakel | 19/03/2016 | Deutsche Welle

    In an interview of Deutsche Welle, Kristian Brakel looks at who could be behind the attack. Brakel explains: There are three options that initially come to mind. First, there is the "Islamic State" (IS), the second option the PKK and the third option is a leftist extremist breakaway faction.

  • Results after the German state elections

    comments by Dr. Sylke Tempel | 15/03/2016 | NY Times

    The results of the German state elections have signaled a rare turn toward political vulnerability for Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as potential instability for her country and perhaps paralysis for Europe as a whole. According to Dr. Sylke Tempel in an article of New York Times the new party won “not just because of the vacuum on the right, but because they attracted voters who were anti-Establishment, anti-liberalization, anti-European, anti-everything that has come to be regarded as the norm”.

  • Shift to the right in Central and Eastern Europe

    Comments by Julian Rappold | 15/03/2016 | Europe.newsweek.com

    In several European member states an extreme shift to the right can be observed: Poland, Hungary or Slovakia. Poland’s swing to the right is being watched with growing concern in Berlin, says Julian Rappold. The relationship to Poland became more difficult. Now it is a challenge for German policy-makers to find a balance in criticizing constitutional changes and restrictions on press freedom, but also acknowledge that this is a freely elected government.

  • Iran elections: Blow to hardliners

    Comments by Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 01/03/2016 | AzerNews

    Ali Fathollah-Nejad comments that the results show that many Iranians have rejected hardline elements and have instead chosen more moderate forces. "Hence, this can be seen as support for the Rouhani administration's agenda of 'moderation' at home and abroad," he said AzerNews, Azerbaijan's main English daily.

  • Greek energy partnership with Iran

    Comments by Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 25/02/2016 | AzerNews & EnergyWorld Magazine

    Greece, which is in preliminary talks with Iran to meet its local demand in natural gas and provide a gateway for the Islamic Republic to supply fuel to other European consumers, seeks to foster close energy partnership with the Persian Gulf country. In comments for an article published by AzerNews (Azerbaijan), Ali Fathollah-Nejad says that this urgency, among others, occurs from the current tensions between Europe and Russia.

  • Elections to Iran's Parliament and Assembly of Experts

    Comments by Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad | 22/02/2016 | qantara.de

    Although the cleric Hassan Khomeini is the eldest grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, he was not allowed to run for the Assembly of Experts. On 26 February, that crucial election will take place in conjunction with the parliamentary elections.

  • Scenario: UK’s post-Brexit future

    Artikel with Jana Puglierin | 13/02/2016 | PenzaNews

    In an article of PenzaNews Jana Puglierini commented the consequences if the United Kingdom left the European Union. She accentuated that “Regardless of the outcome of the referendum the question of Europe will remain at center stage in British politics. Even as a non-member state, therefore, Britain would be heavily engaged with a range of European policy issues”.

  • 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.

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