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France Moves From EU Defense to European Defense
France Moves From EU Defense to European DefenseWhile the EU is celebrating PESCO, Paris is preparing for closer defense cooperation outside the union
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
DGAPviewpoint 16, 2017, 2 pages
Two parallel developments are currently taking place in European defense. One is the highly publicised expectation that the tiny Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) will transform into a comprehensive and powerful EU defense project. The second development is receiving far less attention. Paris is launching defense cooperation initiatives outside the EU format, thus moving from an EU-focused to a European-oriented defense approach.
Moving Forward with the EU-Enlargement Process
Moving Forward with the EU-Enlargement ProcessThe TRAIN 2017 Programme’s focus on corruption and informal practices in the countries of the Western Balkans
The TRAIN 2017 Programme brought together think tanks from the Western Balkan region to discuss the overarching topic “corruption and informal practices” and its key role in European integration. Corruption in the judiciary, the quality of higher education and transparency of public procurement procedures were among the subtopics participants addressed. They presented their findings and recommendations to policy makers in Brussels as well as in their respective countries.
Andrej Babiš is not Central Europe’s Game-Changer
Andrej Babiš is not Central Europe’s Game-Changer
by Milan Nič, Vít Dostál
DGAPviewpoint 15, October 24, 2017. 3 p.
The Czech election result seems worrying at first: Yet another populist leader has been catapulted into power in Central Europe. But billionaire Andrej Babiš and his populist ANO party, which received almost 30 percent of the vote, is not necessarily going to push the Czech Republic into an illiberal and anti-EU direction.
Pragmatic and European
Pragmatic and EuropeanFrance sets new goals for a European defence policy
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
DGAPviewpoint 14, October 19, 2017, 3 p.
With his Revue Stratégique, President Macron has given France’s defence policy a new direction. Instead of concentrating on the institutional framework of a European Union defence policy, Paris has placed pragmatic solutions and Europe’s capacity to take action into the forefront. This has consequences for both Germany and Europe: Berlin should give a speedy and constructive answer to Paris.
Paris Perspectives Seen From the East
Visegrad reactions to Macron’s Europe initiative highlight internal differences
by Milan Nič
Visegrad/Insight, October 18, 2017
The consequences of US withdrawal from the Iran deal
The consequences of US withdrawal from the Iran deal
by Bernt Berger
The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, October 13, 2017
By 15 October, US President Donald Trump will need to choose whether to certify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal.
Nationalism Does Not Serve the Nation
Nationalism Does Not Serve the NationGermany should react to Macron’s Europe speech openly and decisively
by Daniela Schwarzer
DGAPstandpunkt 12 (September 2017), 3 pages.
France is back. In his Sorbonne speech, President Emmanuel Macron has grasped a leading and visionary role for his country in Europe, and this is good news for Germany. Paris is set to develop the European Union further and, in doing so, displays a spirit of innovation that offers great opportunities for the EU – not least in times of bitter criticism from both left- and right-wing populists.
A Test for Europe’s German Anchor
by Daniela Schwarzer
Project Syndicate, 26. September 2017
While Germany’s center has held, its policy consensus is about to be tested. With the far-right AfD party in the Bundestag, the German public will be exposed to more radical positions on foreign affairs than have been heard in the country in over a generation.
The Ties That Bind
by Henning Riecke, Alin Polyakova
Atlantic Council, September 27, 2017
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel enters her fourth term in office, the US-German relationship will need to overcome trade and policy disagreements in order to thrive in today’s uncertain political climate.
A Standoff Turned Standstill
A Standoff Turned StandstillSolving the North Korea conflict requires new thinking and a different tool kit
by Bernt Berger
DGAPstandpunkt 10 (September 2017), 4 pages.
The standoff between North Korea and US is, in fact, a standstill – despite the increasing rhetoric of condemnation and confrontation on both sides. According to Bernt Berger, senior fellow for the DGAP's Asia program, moving beyond the spiral of conflict requires recognizing that a new status quo has emerged, changing the narrative that frames the conflict for further negotiations, and encouraging international support and mediation.
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