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Challenges and Perspectives for the Eastern Partnership
Challenges and Perspectives for the Eastern PartnershipThe EU must do more to support reforms and overcome the veto power of vested interests
by Martin Sieg
DGAPanalyse 10 (November 2016), 13pp.
When the EU launched its Eastern Partnership to support such post-Soviet countries as Ukraine and Moldova, the prospect of geopolitical conflict with Russia seemed quite distant. Today, faced with the partnership’s patent shortcomings, the EU must choose between either scaling down its objectives or ramping up its means. Martin Sieg takes stock of the initiative and argues that the EU must go beyond just supporting reforms in EaP countries. It must effectively take co-responsibility for them.
Youth Unemployment and Job Insecurity in Spain
Youth Unemployment and Job Insecurity in SpainProblems and Policy Options
by María Ramos, Carlos Victoria
DGAPanalyse 9 (November 2016), 12 pp.
Spain has staggering rates of youth unemployment. The Spanish labor market is so dysfunctional for young people that it is tempting to emulate wholesale the successful experiences of other countries, particularly Germany, where unemployment rates – both for the general population and for youth – have been going down for several years.
First They Came for the TPP
First They Came for the TPPPresident-elect Donald Trump has suggested alarming changes to American trade policy.
by Claudia Schmucker, Rachel Herp-Tausendfreund
It’s still too early to say which of American President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises will actually become policy – but with TPP, TTIP, China, and NAFTA all in the cross hairs, significant change is almost certain. Here’s how a few scenarios on the future of trade might play out.
Renewing Mechanisms for Russia–EU Cooperation
Renewing Mechanisms for Russia–EU CooperationThe DGAP's Cooperation with RIAC on the future of EU-Russian relations
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Renewing Mechanisms for Russia-EU Cooperation, published by RIAC, November 7 2016
The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) announces a co-publication with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)
Greece: A Clear Roadmap for Debt Relief is Needed
Greece: A Clear Roadmap for Debt Relief is NeededQuestions for George Papaconstantinou
by Julian Rappold
DGAP Interview (November 21, 2016)
Greece recently completed its first review of the third bailout program agreed on in 2015 with European lenders. Its government has pressed to put talks on debt relief back on the Eurogroup’s agenda. The former finance minister reflects on the current political and economic climate in his country after the fall 2015 parliamentary elections, the current state of implementation of reforms, the likelihood of debt restructuring for Greece, and the lessons the eurozone has learned from the Greek crisis.
Europe’s President
Why the “old continent” will miss Barack Obama.
by Jana Puglierin, Christopher S. Chivvis
Star-struck in 2008, a lot of Europeans are now grumbling about the outgoing US president. In fact, there’s hardly ever been a more European leader in the White House. Germany in particular should brace itself for bumpier transatlantic relations ahead.
The Forgotten Crisis
Greece’s debt crisis has been a virtual non-topic in Berlin this year
by Julian Rappold
Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union, October 27, 2016
Chancellor Merkel has been in constant crisis mode for some time now. The political agenda is dominated by an ever increasing number of near-death experiences threatening to destroy the European project. So does anyone really want to hold it against her if she loses track of the abundance of challenges the EU is facing?
Brexit changes the EU’s trade dynamics: don’t expect progress
by Claudia Schmucker
Europe's World, Autumn 2016
Once Britain leaves the European Union, there will be consequences for the EU as a trading power. Britain was, in 2015, the world’s fifth-largest economy and Europe’s second-largest. It was tenth-biggest exporter of merchandise, and second-biggest of commercial services.
Russia’s Policy toward Conflicts in Post-Soviet States
Russia’s Policy toward Conflicts in Post-Soviet  StatesAn audio interview with political scientist Sergey Markedonov
by Juulia Barthel
DGAP Audio (September 2016),1st recording
Russian political scientist Sergey Markedonov (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow) spoke with the DGAP’s Juulia Barthel (of the Robert Bosch Center’s program for Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia) about Russia’s policy toward various conflicts in post-Soviet states, particularly in the Caucasus, and about possibilities for closer cooperation with the West. Click on the picture to hear the interview (in English).
Trashing a Mantra
What Follows After Merkel's "Wir schaffen das"?
by Julian Rappold
Originally published on September 21, 2016 in the Reconnecting Europe Blog of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union. Republished with kind permission.
For a whole year, Chancellor Merkel withstood criticism from inside and outside her party and stuck to her mantra of "we can do it" in terms of coping with hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of them fleeing the war in Syria. Poor results for Merkel's CDU party in the recent elections in the states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Berlin are widely seen as referendums on Merkel’s approach to the refugee crisis.
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