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Russia and China’s Interests Lie in Bringing Iran into the Shanghai Bloc
Interview with DGAP associate fellow Ali Fathollah-Nejad in Tehran Times
by Ali Fathollah-Nejad
External publication, originally published by the Tehran Times on July 23, 2015 (In English).
In a July 23 interview the Tehran Times, DGAP associate fellow Ali Fathollah-Nejad explains why both Russia and China should be interested in bringing Iran into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
What the Iran Deal Means for Europe
by Cornelius Adebahr
Carnegie Europe, Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe, July 15, 2015.
Twelve years after France, Germany, and the United Kingdom began talks with Iran on limiting Tehran’s nuclear activities, the deal reached in Vienna on July 14 is balm for Europe’s soul, which has been battered by the Greek debt crisis.
Incentives Instead of Sanctions
New DGAP study on “Foreign Policy Towards Autocracies”
by Josef Braml
Diplomatisches Magazin, July 2015, pp. 48-49.
The Russian and Ukrainian crisis clearly shows that Europe’s democratic governments are required to deal with autocratic states in their immediate proximity. What is the best way of doing this: through dialogue, economic measures, or sanctions? How do other democracies deal with authoritarian states? These questions are answered by a new study on “Foreign Policy Towards Autocracies,” published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
The French Identity Crisis
The French Identity CrisisDebate Intensifies after the Attacks
by Claire Demesmay
DGAPkompakt 8, July 7, 2015 (6 pp.) In English
What makes France French, and does French national identity have a future? What can and should be the role of religion in French society? And does France need new rules for peaceful coexistence within the community? These are the fundamental questions shaping the discussion on collective identity and social cohesion, a debate reignited by the terrorist attacks on Paris in January 2015.
Time to Act
Time to ActThe European Mainstream’s Obligation to Respond to the Rise of Populism
by Julian Rappold
Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union, May 22, 2015, 11 pp. (in English)
Populist parties are on the rise across Europe. Like a cracked mirror, they call attention to the systemic dysfunctions of contemporary Europe. Six years of ongoing economic and debt crisis with social repercussions have left citizens frustrated, leaving them with a deep sense of insecurity about the political system’s lack of responsiveness and performance. Mainstream parties cannot afford to ignore this wake-up call. Only a serious counter-strategy can win back citizen support.
Pragmatism, Not Politicization
Pragmatism, Not PoliticizationFinding the right way to work with the Eurasian Economic Union
by Stefan Meister
DGAPstandpunkt 4 (June 29, 2015), 3 pp.
All aspects of EU-Russian relations have become politicized and “securitized” in light of the situation in Ukraine. This has confined communication with Russia to a few problematic topics and is limiting opportunities for exchange. But cooperation between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) can be improved by concentrating on the pragmatic, economic alignment of technical standards and norms as well as by improving the EU’s economic relations with each of the EEU’s participating states.
France: A Hotbed of Opposition to TTIP?
France: A Hotbed of Opposition to TTIP?The topic of arbitration is encountering opposition across parties
by Elvire Fabry
DGAPanalyse 7, June 18, 2015, 16 pp. (in German)
The French public is traditionally skeptical about trade liberalization, but until recently there has been comparatively little noise about TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Unlike in Germany, the trade agreement has enjoyed high approval ratings in France. But the anti-TTIP movement is growing. One point under negotiation, arbitration, is encountering cross-party opposition. TTIP could well become an important issue in the run-up to the 2017 presidential elections.
Hungary in the Media, 2010–2014
Hungary in the Media, 2010–2014Critical Reflections on Coverage in the Press and Media
by Klaus von Dohnanyi, Ágnes Gelencsér, Dániel Hegedüs, Gereon Schuch
DGAPreport 29 (June 2015), 28 pp.
Viktor Orbán’s nationalist-conservative administration in Hungary has drawn critical attention from the international press since 2010. Serious concerns have also been expressed at the EU level on many issues, from the rule of law and freedom of the press, to growing anti-Semitism, to the way the government treats its poorest citizens. But are these sweeping condemnations always backed by facts? A DGAP working group compared outside media reports with a careful analysis of the Hungarian context.
Opening up the Franco-German Dialogue
Opening up the Franco-German Dialogue How Trialogues Can Enhance European Integration
by Claire Demesmay, Hans Stark
DGAPanalyse 6, June 9, 2015, 53 pp.
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.”
Russia of the 2010s
Russia of the 2010sHow to Live with It and How to Outlive It
by Vladislav Inozemtsev
DGAPkompakt 7, June 4, 2015, 9pp
Vladimir Putin’s Russia differs profoundly from the Russia the EU did business with in previous decades. Berthold Beitz Fellow Vladislav Inozemtsev holds that the country’s transition from a young democracy into an aggressive authoritarian regional power is nearing completion. The West must now concentrate on two things: developing realistic political attitudes about the course Russia is taking – and drafting an agenda for reconciliation and integration once the “second cold war” has been won.

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