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Chasing a Chimera
Chasing a Chimera

Closer EU-EEU ties will not lead to a rapprochement with Russia

02/03/2015 | by Stefan Meister | Russia, Conflicts and Strategies

The main cause of the conflict between Russia and the West lies in the internal legitimization deficit of Putin’s own system. A closer cooperation with Moscow’s Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) would not only undermine the EU’s values – the Kremlin is simply not interested. A reply to Mark Leonard’s and Ivan Krastev’s “The New European Disorder.”

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Politics Trump Economics
Politics Trump Economics

Germany’s approach to Russia, namely supporting political change by deepening economic relations, has failed

05/02/2015 | by Stefan Meister | Russia, German Foreign Policy

Russia's pursuit of politically motivated yet economically irrational behavior has shown that decades of attempted economic integration between Russia and the West have failed. Attempts to engage Moscow through its Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) look similarly futile. Germany's retreat from this strategy will have long-term consequences for both financial and political investment in Russia.


Together Forever?
Greece's election forces Germany to once again confront the possibility of a Grexit
22/01/2015 | by Julian Rappold
The far left Syriza party is poised to win January 25 parliamentary elections in Greece, and will likely demand a renegotiation of the terms of its continued eurozone membership if it does. Angela Merkel's government in Germany, fearing the precedent this would set for other crisis countries, seems willing to let Greece go instead.
Category Economy and Currency, Greece, Germany, Europe
Time to Find Common Ground
Why the Ukraine crisis would be a good starting point for closer German-Chinese cooperation
27/11/2014 | by Jing Huang
China may have cut an energy deal with Russia, but its long-term interests are not well served by President Vladimir Putin’s policies. On the contrary, Beijing benefits from a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis, not least for domestic reasons. The United States, however, cannot be a partner, which leaves Europe – and especially Germany.
Category International Policy/Relations, Ukraine, Germany, China
“We Need to Put Up Clear Stop Signs”
Interview with Jens Spahn (CDU)
The younger generation of German politicians takes a rather sober view of Europe, as Jens Spahn, a 34 years old rising star in Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party, explains in an interview with IP JOURNAL. Spahn does not believe in the idea of an “ever closer Union” or a European federal state. Yet he wants Europe to work towards creating a common army.
Category European Union, Germany
Spy Smarter
Western – and especially German – intelligence services could use improvement, both in terms of algorithms and agents
12/11/2014 | by Peter Neumann
The terrorist attacks in Paris have demonstrated once more: intelligence services around the world are confronted with developments that hamper their performance or in fact question their usefulness. More resources are required, and if Germany really wants to play a bigger role on the world stage, the country has no choice but to beef up its intelligence work.
Category Security, Worldwide, Germany
The Day the Berlin Wall Really Fell
To understand what led to Germany’s reunification, look to the “City of Heroes”
03/11/2014 | by Elizabeth Pond
Contrary to popular lore, the Berlin Wall did not fall on November 9, 1989. Nor did it fall in Berlin. It fell on October 9, some 120 miles away in Leipzig. First, civil courage – a rare quality in German history – had to dissolve the four-decade-old mental wall of East German fear. Only thereafter could the cement wall collapse in Berlin. Here is how it happened.
Category Internal Conflicts, Germany
What Does “Responsibility” Mean?
A plea for a more informed and structured debate on Germany’s future foreign policy
27/08/2014 | by Markus Kaim
Ever since President Joachim Gauck’s much-discussed speech it back in January, Germany’s “new foreign policy” debate has suffered from being reduced to the aspect of “militarization” of Berlin’s external affairs. In fact, “international responsibility” involves four distinct dimensions, with the question of “instruments,” including military ones, coming last, not first.
Category German Foreign Policy, Germany
State Power within European Integration
On the limits and context of Germany's power in the Union
02/05/2013 | by Josef Janning
Germany is widely perceived to be calling the shots in Europe's sovereign debt crisis management, and maybe in the EU in general. But a state's influence in the union is complex and also contextual. Clearly, though, state power seems to have regained prominence in the European debate. How much power have member states retained, or perhaps even won, in the process of integration – and what does power in the Union look like? Five theses on power in today’s European Union.
Category Political System, Integration, Political Culture, Political Participation, Government and Society, EU-Treaties, Enlargement Process, European Union, Germany, Europe
Elysée Treaty Turns 50: Golden Anniversary Hangover
The current imbalance in Franco-German relations hurts everyone
22/01/2013 | by Claire Demesmay, Ronja Kempin
A crisis in Franco-German relations has arrived, just in time for the celebration of 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. This cannot be chalked up to the weakness of the French economy alone; the focus on budgetary questions inside the relationship has also advanced the inequality. Three recommendations to rekindle the romance between these two partners
Category Bilateral Relations, European Union, Germany, France, Western Europe, Europe
Model or Maverick?
Peter Altmaier and Günther Oettinger discuss Europe’s Energiewende
06/12/2012 | by Peter Altmaier, Günther Oettinger
The EU plans to modernize its public power supply, to create an integrated energy infrastructure, and to take the leap into the era of renewable energy. Is Europe on the right track? And what is Germany’s role? Here are three questions for the Federal Minister for the Environment Peter Altmaier and European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger.
Category Resources and Energy, Renewables, European Union, Climate & Energy Policy, Geographical areas of Europe, Germany
Serving the World – and Your Constituents
Why Germany is short on foreign policy experts
05/12/2012 | by Hans-Ulrich Klose
Those who work in foreign policy are always traveling. This is a truism with consequences, since a politician who is away from her home district will have less contact with voters and ultimately lower chances for reelection. So how can we recruit young talent interested in global affairs? For starters, raise the status of foreign policy on the political agenda.
Category German Foreign Policy, Institutions and Actors, Political System, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Grasping at Goethe
What Faustian conclusions can and cannot explain about the euro crisis.
03/12/2012 | by Derek Scally
From Germany’s hard left to the ordoliberal right of the Bundesbank, Goethe offers something for everyone as Germany grapples to understand the euro crisis debate. But is the man himself a model of Germanic thrift or a warning of Greek profligacy? Could his texts be the key to understanding the tortured German euro crisis response?
Category Economy and Currency, European Union, Finance, Economy and Finance, Financial Crisis, Geographical areas of Europe, Germany
Berlin Getting Into Election Gear
Can the polls be won on the euro rescue?
03/12/2012 | by Almut Möller
Clearly, the future still does not look rosy for the Eurozone. But three years into the euro crisis, Angela Merkel, whose global recognition has skyrocketed in the course of the crisis, remains in surprisingly good shape. As many times as worries that the euro rescue will ultimately fail might have kept her up at night over this past year — she doesn’t look it.
Category European Union, Western Europe, Geographical areas of Europe, Europe, Germany
US Elections and Foreign Policy
Whoever wins, tough times for the Europeans
05/11/2012 | by Henning Riecke
While Germans overwhelmingly support Obama, the race in a divided America is much closer. Despite being strongly in President Obama's camp, Europeans will find that a Romney presidency would not be much different.
Category Transatlantic Relations, North America, Germany, Central Europe
Will Europe Ever Bite on Its Turkish Delight?
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan sets 2023 deadline for EU accession agreement
01/11/2012 | by Derek Scally
Fundamental disagreements in Germany and Europe over Turkish accession to the EU overshadow celebrations for the opening of the new Turkish Embassy in Berlin.
Category European Union, Turkey, Southern Europe, Germany, Central Europe
Transitioning to Renewable Energy
Can Germany Do It Alone?
24/10/2012 | by Paul Hockenos
At a time when German politicians are questioning whether Germany is on the right path, it’s worth underscoring that the process of energy transition involves its entire European neighborhood.
Category Renewables, Resources and Energy, Climate and Environment, Climate & Energy Policy, European Union, Germany, Central Europe, Europe, Western Europe, Northern Europe
Germany Needs to Get Serious about Immigration
Why are Irish emmigrants not heading to Germany?
19/10/2012 | by Derek Scally
Germany needs more workers. It needs a bigger workforce to pay the pensions of a growing number of pensioners with a shrinking number of contributors. It also needs engineers, biotechnicians, and programers today. So why aren’t Germans competing aggressively with the Canadians to win emigrants from around Europe?
Category Migration, Germany
Germany Reacts to EU Peace Prize
Creating Incentives, Renewing Obligations
17/10/2012 | by Hilary Bown
German politicians and analysts took a largely positive view of the Nobel Prize Committee's awarding of the 2012 Peace Prize to the European Union. Here, in their own words, they describe the significance of the European experiment from national and international perspective and extol the apt timing of the Committee's recognition.
Category European Union, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Germany Opens Its Doors to Household Energy Consultants
Federal government supports the Energiewende through consumer-oriented measures
16/10/2012 | by Paul Hockenos
The math is simple: Nearly every study concludes that consumer-oriented energy savings measures pay off. In order to increase energy-saving measures across the country and reduce the up-front cost for individuals, Germany is subsidizing energy consultancy in private households–and considers contributing to the purchase of big-ticket appliances in order to meet its 2020 targets.
Category Climate & Energy Policy, European Union, Climate and Environment, Germany, Central Europe, Europe, Denmark, Northern Europe