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The German debate on the EU before the European Elections: Plus Ça Change?
by Almut Möller
The Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, 1/2014
Is “debating Europe” finally gathering speed in Germany? Germany has been allocated 96 seats in the European Parliament: with what kind of topics are the country’s political parties trying to win them? With Martin Schulz being the frontrunner of the Party of European Socialists, what impact will their campaign have on the coalition government in Berlin?
We Cannot Simply Accept Russia’s Annexation of Crimea
We Cannot Simply Accept Russia’s Annexation of CrimeaLetting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have his way would bring disastrous consequences
by Jana Puglierin
DGAPviewpoint 3, April 1, 2014, 2 pp.
In Crimea, Russia has started off by creating a fait accompli. The West’s response to President Putin has not only been critical; he has also found an astonishing number of apologists. Two former German chancellors have expressed their understanding for his behavior. Such sympathetic rhetoric is anything but appropriate, however, as Jana Puglierin warns here. The Crimea dispute will bring disastrous consequences for international relations in its wake.
Workshop for Consensus, French edition
Workshop for Consensus, French editionFranco-German communication and decision making processes in European policy
by Claire Demesmay, Martin Koopmann, Julien Thorel
Foreword: Travaux et documents du CIRAC, February 2014 (In French)
How does Franco-German cooperation in European policy really work on the ground? The two countries have substantially influenced European integration for decades now, but have the plethora of bilateral institutions and mechanisms for making decisions actually improved the processes of reaching agreement? What are the prime movers? Where are the limits to making collective choices? Editors Claire Demesmay, Martin Koopman, and Julien Thorel present ten case studies in central areas of European action. (In French).
Franco-German Relations: Sunny Skies, and Not a Moment too Soon
Franco-German Relations: Sunny Skies, and Not a Moment too SoonBerlin and Paris want to cooperate more closely. For the EU to move forward, major efforts are needed
by Claire Demesmay
ParisBerlin 96, March 2014, 11 pages (Article in French)
Cooperation between France and Germany has not been at its smoothest for some time now already. If the partners are to develop new momentum for the European project, however, they must get down to work with new ambition. The Franco-German Council of Ministers, which recently convened both cabinets, is an appropriate forum for showing good will. As Claire Demesmay writes, the task now is to develop joint solutions – be it for defense, energy, or neighborhood policy. (In French)
Conflict over Ukraine
Conflict over Ukraine Berlin, Brussels, and Moscow should be talking to each other, not about each other
by Christian Wipperfürth
DGAPkompakt 4, February 14, 2014, 4 pp. (In English)
Domestic political stalemate is plunging Ukraine into further violence and threatens to bring about severe economic crisis and a terrible ordeal. The country is in no position to decide whether to choose the West or the East, since half of the population decidedly rejects the other option. The West and Russia need to overcome their conventional, party mentalities and work together with the Ukrainian players toward de-escalation. Only then can a viable perspective for the country be possible.
Reform Agenda for South Eastern Europe
Reform Agenda for South Eastern EuropeTRAIN 2013: fostering policy dialogue on EU integration between decision makers and think tank representatives
by TRAIN Programm
TRAIN Policy Briefs, February 12, 2014
Twelve policy researchers from South Eastern Europe explored current problems their countries are facing on their path toward EU membership within the framework of the TRAIN Programme 2013. They presented their findings and recommendations to policy makers in Brussels as well as in the countries of the region. TRAIN stands for: Think Tanks Providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking
Energy Transport in the South Caucasus
Energy Transport in the South CaucasusThe geopolitical environment of the Southern Gas Corridor
by Stefan Meister
DGAPkompakt 2, January 31, 2014, 5pp. In English.
The Southern Gas Corridor was conceived to help diversify the EU’s access to natural gas, reducing dependence on Russian supply and tapping other resources in the Caspian region and Middle East. While the potential is enormous, only Azerbaijan is currently contributing. For years, the EU has favored the Nabucco project, but participating firms have in fact chosen the smaller Trans Adriatic Pipeline – a choice that reveals the limits of political influence on complex and expensive investments.
Pulling through the Crisis Together
Pulling through the Crisis TogetherInternational expert workshop develops EU perspectives beyond the financial crisis
by Thanos Dokos, Josef Janning, Verena Ringler, Eduard Soler, Nathalie Tocci
DGAPreport January 31, 2014, 18pp.
How can the EU find its way from crisis mode back into shaping mode? Recent troubles have divided Europe, fanning the flames of Euroskepticism. Yet the desire to reach solutions together remains strong. This was palpable during an international seminar in Berlin for 35 experts on Europe from the realms of politics, academia, and civil society. An extensive report has now been published on the seminar, which was organized by a group of leading think tanks, including the DGAP. (In English)
Who Owns the EU Reform Debate?
Who Owns the EU Reform Debate?
by Almut Möller
DGAPkompakt 3, February 3, 2014, 7 pp.
Countries outside of the euro zone are naturally asking themselves what the imminent deepening of this zone will mean for European Union membership in the future. At the same time, the question overarches the debate about EU reform. In these overlapping discussions, not every suggestion that comes unbidden is necessarily counterproductive. Quite the contrary.
Ukraine’s Ongoing Trial by Fire
Ukraine’s Ongoing Trial by Fire The EU must seek a mediating role in Kiev, and ultimately do more to support civil society
by Maria Davydchyk
The situation in Kiev is tenser than ever, made no better by foundering talks between President Viktor Yanukovych and leaders of the opposition. These refused to accept offers he made on January 25, dismissing them as delaying tactics. They continue to demand his resignation and new elections. But Yanukovych remains intractable. Fronts have hardened completely. Violence has escalated. DGAP expert Maria Davydchyk comments on Ukrainian power relations and the EU’s potential as mediator.

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