Theses for a New German Policy toward Russia
Theses for a New German Policy toward Russia

Nine Recommendations

by Stefan Meister | Russia, Bilateral Relations

Russia has seen the dramatic securitization of its politics, economy, and society since 2012. For Russian leaders, struggle with the West has served as a means of underpinning their power and their system. As the domestic economic situation worsens and nationalistic forces gather strength, the danger of further destabilization grows more acute. For German and European policy to exert effective influence in the medium and long term, it must apply a complex combination of containment and cooperation.

Publication

Opening up the Franco-German Dialogue
Opening up the Franco-German Dialogue

How Trialogues Can Enhance European Integration

by Claire Demesmay, Hans Stark

As the EU confronts an unprecedented number of crises, it is crucial to open up the longstanding Franco-German tandem to other partners. The ten authors of this compendium explore ten such possible triangular configurations – involving, respectively, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, the Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, the Western Balkans, Turkey, the European Commission, and the European Parliament – and point to several other potentially productive “trialogues.”

Event

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

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.

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.

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