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Putin’s Regime on the Path to More Repression
Putin’s Regime on the Path to More RepressionAfter Russia’s Regional Elections
by András Rácz
DGAPviewpoint 24 (September 2019), 3 pp.
In the Russian regional elections on 8 September 2019, the ruling party United Russia managed to largely hold on its control over state assemblies and governorships. Even in Moscow, where United Russia was significantly weakened, there was no liberal breakthrough. But the elections did not solve any of the inherent political and social tensions—it only made them more visible. Thus, protest potential is going to remain high, which will likely cause the regime to become even more repressive.
Mogherini’s legacy
 Mogherini’s legacy Federica Mogherini has remained a pale figure as the EU’s chief diplomat over the years. So what can we expect next?
by Jana Puglierin
International Politics and Society, 28. August 2019
Ursula von der Leyen’s To-Do List
Ursula von der Leyen’s To-Do ListIn the new Commission, inter-institutional relations should form a commissioner’s full portfolio
by Daniela Schwarzer
One of incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's top priorities is “a new push for European democracy.” Strengthening the EU's democratic legitimacy will require her to make sure that the EU delivers on citizens’ expectations, including by cooperating constructively with the European Parliament.
Setting Course for the Next Five Years
Setting Course for the Next Five YearsThree Steps to Start an Effective EU Commission Presidency
by Julian Rappold
DGAPstandpunkt 23 (September 2019), 3 pp.
The designated European Commission President is busy putting together her team of Commissioners, which will face Parliamentary scrutiny at the end of October. Now is when Ursula von der Leyen is laying the basis for the success or weakness of her presidency. This task goes far beyond assigning names to portfolios.
Socio-Economic Challenges and Jordan’s Foreign Policy: Employment, Trade, and International Cooperations
Perspectives from the Region and Europe
by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid
Grievances have been growing over Jordan’s socio-economic and political problems. In June 2018, former Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki was forced to resign after protests swept the country. Jordan’s socio-economic challenges are further augmented by its challenging neighborhood. Given the strategic importance of Jordan, it is in the EU’s own interest to support Jordan and ensure that the socio-economic issues and various regional challenges do not lead to a (further) destabilization of the country.
What to Expect – and Not Expect – at the Upcoming G7 Summit in Biarritz
What to Expect – and Not Expect – at the Upcoming G7 Summit in Biarritz
by Claudia Schmucker
Fünf Fragen, 21. August 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron hosts the 45th G7 summit in Biarritz on August 24-26, 2019. The “Group of 7” is an important informal meeting of seven large industrial countries, including France, the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Japan. The forum addresses global challenges such as trade, foreign policy, and climate change. Claudia Schmucker explains why the issues of climate and trade may hamper a joint final communiqué.
Inside the Hong Kong Protests
by Sławomir Sierakowski
Project Syndicate, Online, August 21, 2019
The Communist Party of China would like the mainland Chinese population and the rest of the world to believe that the ongoing, sometimes violent protests in Hong Kong pose a threat of “terrorism.” But the truth is that China has only itself to blame for pushing the city’s idealistic youth into the streets once again.
The Unraveling of the Shanghai “Deal”
The Unraveling of the Shanghai “Deal”US-China Trade-cum-Currency Conflict comes to Europe
by Shahin Vallée
DGAPviewpoint 21 (August 2019), 2 pp.
The trade conflict between the US and China has now clearly escalated into the currency realm. This will force Europe to respond to avert being the “variable of adjustment” for an economic conflict from which it cannot remain an innocent bystander.
Mission Possible in the Strait of Hormuz
Mission Possible in the Strait of HormuzGiving a flat “no” to a naval mission to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf does not solve Germany’s dilemmas.
by Henning Riecke
Berlin Policy Journal, 2. August 2019
The German government has just decided not to back a US-led mission to protect the shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf. It will now find it harder to work for its interests in the region.
Socio-Economic Development and Violent Extremism in Morocco: Morocco’s Regional Policy, Migration and (De-)Radicalization
Perspectives from the Region and Europe
by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid
In response to recent destabilization posed by violent extremist groups, Morocco has pursued a highly security-based approach. Though successful, ongoing socio-economic challenges fuel radicalization. Due to this, some demand the government prioritize greater domestic engagement instead of regional investment and economic integration in Sub-Saharan Africa. These authors analyze Morocco’s strategy to prevent and counter violent extremism, and assess the implications of recent regional policies.