Mind the Gap: How France and Germany Can Spearhead Joint Foreign Policy Initiatives Now
Mind the Gap: How France and Germany Can Spearhead Joint Foreign Policy Initiatives Now

15/02/2018 | by Claire Demesmay, Jana Puglierin, Laure Delcour, Barbara Kunz, Stefan Meister, Andreas Rinke, Frédéric Charillon, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Dorothée Schmid | France

Given the current instability on Europe's borders and uncertainty about the international role of the US under President Trump, it is high time for Franco-German foreign policy initiatives. However, differences between the two, both on policy issues and in their strategic cultures, also limit their cooperation. This study shows how France and Germany can bridge - and exploit - these gaps to facilitate joint initiatives on four key topics: Russia, transatlantic relations, Syria and Turkey.

Publications

  • Advancing Energy Transition While on the Road to Democracy

    Tunisia’s Double Challenge

    von Shahrazad Far | Tunisia, Democratization/System Change
    DGAPkompakt 2 (January 2018), 4 pp.

    Advancing Energy Transition While on the Road to Democracy

    The energy transition in Tunisia, which was first initiated in 2009 and reviewed in 2012, has underemphasized related social and political factors, such as employment and citizen participation in the country’s overall transition context. As the country continues on its path of democratization, the process of energy transition should underscore employment, enhance the role of local authorities and conducting energy-relevant surveys and opinion polls.

  • In the Triple Threat to Tunisia’s Democracy, Corruption is King

    von Fabian Stroetges | Tunisia, Corruption
    DGAPkompakt 1 (January 2018), 6 pp.

    In the Triple Threat to Tunisia’s Democracy, Corruption is King

    As austerity protestors clash with security forces in Tunisia, the country’s young democracy is threatened by a triple challenge: Insecurity, a lack of socioeconomic development and persistent corruption are interlinked and reinforce each other. Individually and in concert they undermine citizens’ confidence in the democratic system and hamper its ability to produce democracy dividends.

  • Tunisia: Security Sector Reform and Socio-Economic Woes

    Tunisia, Democratization/System Change

    Despite the progress Tunisia has made in past years, the ongoing process of democratic transformation remains fragile. Eight Tunisian and European alumni of the DGAP’s MENA program analyze key challenges facing Tunisia in the areas of security sector reform, socio-economic development, and radicalism and present policy recommendations for Tunisian and European decision-makers.

Events

The Gulf Crisis - Political, Economic, and International Implications
13/03/2018 | 17:30 - 19:30 | DGAP
Workshop “Promotion of Think Tank Work on Migration and Socio-Economic Challenges in Morocco”
07/12/2017 - 10/12/2017 | 10:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Middle East/North Africa
From December 7–10 2017, the DGAP’s MENA Program hosts a workshop in Berlin, which focuses on the promotion of think tank work on migration and socio-economic challenges in Morocco. The workshop is the first of two workshops that give participants the opportunity to analyze and tackle complex issues related to socio-economic development and migration in Morocco through discussions with experts and the presentation of their own policy papers and policy recommendations. In addition, participants will receive training in policy paper writing.
Category: Middle East/North Africa
Promotion of Think Tank Work on Migration and Socio-Economic Challenges in Morocco
07/12/2017 - 10/12/2017 | 10:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Middle East/North Africa
What are the benefits and shortcomings of Morocco's current migration system? What reforms of the education system are necessary to improve the quality of education and better meet the demands of the labor market? What measures are needed with regard to the integration of the informal economic sector? And how can think tanks and similar civil society organizations get more involved in the political process? These were some of the questions tackled during a workshop organized by the DGAP's Middle East and North Africa program.
Category: Middle East/North Africa