Reorienting Germany’s Policy toward Russia

A discussion at the DGAP of new approaches for policy, business, civil society, with the Ukraine crisis in the background

DGAP | Germany, Bilateral Relations

The crisis in Ukraine requires a thorough discussion of new approaches for Germany’s policy approach toward Russia and Eastern Europe. A number of factors are altering Germany’s scope of action, from the manner in which Russia has weakened European order, to the growing alienation between Russia and the West, and the fundamental loss of trust on both sides. The DGAP’s newly expanded Bosch Center continued its ongoing series of talks on this complex subject.

Analysis

South Caucasus Caught in the Middle
South Caucasus Caught in the Middle

How geopolitical competition between Moscow and Brussels prolongs instability in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia

by Elkhan Nuriyev | Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union, Security

The conflict in Ukraine has introduced new dimensions of uncertainty to the South Caucasus, where Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia struggle to protect their national sovereignty and security in the face of geopolitical competition between Moscow and Brussels. Elkhan Nuriyev asks if it is possible to form a coherent strategy for the region that focuses on an integrated, coordinated approach that recognizes the shared interests of Russia, the EU, and the South Caucasus countries.

Analysis

Right Goals, Wrong Tools?
Right Goals, Wrong Tools?

Civil Society Empowerment in the EU Accession Process

by Natasha Wunsch | Eastern Europe, Enlargement Process

The European Commission has long stated its aim of empowering civil society in EU candidate countries. In its accession process, Croatia enjoyed strong initial support for its civil society organizations (CSOs). EU interest grew less robust, however, once the accession date was set, and CSOs lost a crucial ally in their reform efforts. The experience shows the limitations of the Commission’s current policy. Seven recommendations for strengthening CSOs as active partners in the accession process.

Publication

(Re-)Building Coalitions
(Re-)Building Coalitions

The Role and Potential of Member States in Shaping the Future of the EU

by Almut Möller, Josef Janning | European Union

Reforming the EU is hardly possible without coalitions of “builders” – member states willing and able to engage in sustainable coalition building at EU level. Since 2008, the EU and its members have found themselves in the middle of yet another formative phase. Will member states eventually succeed in shaping a Union able to guarantee the prosperity, security and freedom of its citizens?

DGAP International Summer School

16th DGAP International Summer School Berlin
16th DGAP International Summer School Berlin

The Cases of Egypt and Tunisia, August 26–September 7, 2012

by Manuela Hager, Maria Haimerl | Near and Middle East/North Africa, Democratization/System Change

The DGAP’s 16th International Summer School (held in Berlin August 26–September 7, 2012) focussed on the transitions underway in Egypt and Tunisia and tested new concepts, theories, and models of democracy. Some 29 promising young professionals from Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, and Europe took part in the program of debates, workshops, lectures, and roundtables. Speakers included Paul Nolte, Tariq Ramadan, Volker Perthes, Mustafa Kamel Al-Sayyid, and Hamad Abdel Samad.

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