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Welcome, Escalation!
Welcome, Escalation!Why Minsk 2 is not going to work
by Stefan Meister
DGAPstandpunkt 2, February 23, 2015, 2 p.
The February 12, 2015 cease-fire in eastern Ukraine was a triumph for President Putin, who was able to push through a slew of major points without making any concessions of his own. Stefan Meister argues that Ukrainian leadership should give up control of Donetsk and Luhansk in order to protect the rest of the country from further destabilization from Russia. The EU urgently needs to make a clear decision on whether to integrate what is left of Ukraine – with all the consequences this entails.
Right Goals, Wrong Tools?
Right Goals, Wrong Tools?Civil Society Empowerment in the EU Accession Process
by Natasha Wunsch
DGAPanalyse 2, February 18, 2015, 11 pp.
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.
Conducting International Relations with Autocracies
Conducting International Relations with Autocracies DGAP Yearbook, vol. 30 (2014): Außenpolitik mit Autokratien (Conducting International Relations with Autocracies)
by Josef Braml, Wolfgang Merkel, Eberhard Sandschneider
DGAP Yearbook, Volume 30, Published by DeGruyter Oldenbourg, December 2014, 480 pages (in German)
How stable are authoritarian states? Should Germany cultivate relations with autocracies – be it to promote business interests, address security concerns, or protect human rights? And, if so, with which ones? Which of the available means – dialogue, business support, development aid, or sanctions – are best suited to reaching what ends? How do other democratic regimes deal with authoritarian regimes?
Looking toward the Future
Looking toward the FutureFrench and German businesses set their sights on 2025
by Claire Demesmay, Barbara Kunz
DGAPanalyse 1, January 26, 2015, 12 pp. (in German)
In the course of the ongoing debate on public debt, structural reforms, and competitiveness, the governmental differences between France and Germany have been thoroughly discussed. Far less attention has been given to the expectations of businesses in the two countries, although matters relating to the economy affect them with particular urgency. What problems, opportunities, and risks do they see for their own countries and for Europe in the next ten years? (In German.)
South Caucasus Caught in the Middle
South Caucasus Caught in the MiddleHow geopolitical competition between Moscow and Brussels prolongs instability in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia
by Elkhan Nuriyev
DGAPkompakt 1, January 13, 2015, 5 pp.
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.
Moving Forward with the EU-Enlargement Process
Moving Forward with the EU-Enlargement ProcessThe TRAIN 2014 Programme’s focus on strengthening the rule of law in the countries of the Western Balkans
This year’s TRAIN Programme brought together think tanks from the Western Balkan region to discuss the overarching topic “Rule of Law” and its key role in European integration. Parliamentary oversight, the fight against corruption, and judicial independence were among the subtopics participants addressed. They presented their findings and recommendations to policy makers in Brussels as well as in their respective countries.
(Re-)Building Coalitions
(Re-)Building CoalitionsThe Role and Potential of Member States in Shaping the Future of the EU
by Almut Möller, Josef Janning
DGAPanalyse 20, December 19, 2014, 44 pp.
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?
In Crimea, Time for Pressure, not Acceptance
In Crimea, Time for Pressure, not AcceptanceWhy we cannot lose sight of the Crimean Tatars
by Liana Fix, Eleanor Knott
DGAPkompakt 16, December 18, 2014, 6 pp.
Misguided calls within Germany for tacitly accepting or even officially recognizing Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea are diverting attention from the situation on the ground. Despite Russian promises made to the Crimean Tatar community, authorities are now cracking down on Tatar political and media organizations, under the pretext of the fight against “political extremism.” Crimean Tatars are once again a vulnerable minority – in the only place they call their homeland: the Crimean peninsula.
Group with a Cause
Group with a CauseThere is no alternative to the G20, but it does need reform
by Claudia Schmucker, Katharina Gnath
DGAPkompakt 17, December 18, 2014, 4 pp.
At the moment, there is no alternative to the G20, which remains the only international forum for enabling dialogue on equal terms among both important industrial countries and emerging market economies. But greatly differing interests and circumstances among members make compromise extremely difficult, and the summits have started to lose their luster. If the G20 wants to remain an effective forum, it must be strengthened and should concentrate on international themes.
On EU Enlargement, or: “What a Difference a Date Makes”
On EU Enlargement, or: “What a Difference a Date Makes”Setting a flexible rather than a fixed date for accession would signal that “enlargement” as such does not take a break
by Cornelius Adebahr
Global Policy, November 13, 2014
Cornelius Adebahr argues that countries in and outside the EU should consider reforms as continuing regardless of any official accession date.

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