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When Worlds Collide
US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand for conflicting conceptions of the West.
by Jana Puglierin
Berlin Policy Journal, July 2017
US President Trump’s understanding of the West, as sketched out in his Warsaw speech, is actually very Polish – or rather, PiS-ish. Meanwhile, Angela Merkel’s West is a place where people share certain fundamental political beliefs, including liberal democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and gender equality.
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
Foreign Policy and the Next German GovernmentExperts from the German Council on Foreign Relations offer nine case studies
by Christian Mölling, Daniela Schwarzer, Claire Demesmay, Dina Fakoussa, Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wilfried Jilge, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Stefan Meister, Jana Puglierin, Claudia Schmucker, Sebastian Sons, Sarah Wohlfeld
DGAPkompakt 7, Summer 2017, 33 pp.
A new German government will take office after the elections on September 24, 2017. Foreign relations, security, and defense will continue to be central policy concerns both nationally and within the European context. In this collection, DGAP experts survey where Germany stands, outlining in nine separate areas the foreign policy goals it should pursue (and with which partners) and identifying potential points of friction.
A Revolution for Europe’s Defense Industry
A Revolution for Europe’s  Defense IndustryParis and Berlin want to jointly develop a European fighter jet.
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
DGAPstandpunkt 7, 17 July 2017
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel took the Franco-German defense partnership to a new level with their announcement on July 13 to jointly develop the next generation European fighter aircraft – the biggest armament project imaginable in Europe at the moment.
Bye-Bye America, Konnichiwa Japan
Bye-Bye America, Konnichiwa JapanChancellor Merkel: The leading defender against Trump’s mercantilist trade
by Claudia Schmucker
Handelsblatt Global, July 13, 2015 (posted with kind permission.)
Given Donald Trump's insistence on "America First," Germany and Europe must deepen other trading relationships, from Asia to Latin America and down under, write Axel Berger and Claudia Schmucker in Handelsblatt Global.
Germany’s Bridging Role
Germany’s Bridging RoleDaniela Schwarzer’s views on Poland and the European Union’s next phase
by Daniela Schwarzer, Milan Nič
Listed to the podcast of Milan Nič’s interview with Daniela Schwarzer, director of the DGAP, on Trump’s visit to Warsaw and the dilemmas that Poland faces today in the European Union.
The Franco-German Pact
More Common Ground than Disagreement
by Claire Demesmay, Jana Puglierin
European Leadership Network, July 11, 2017
In Germany, both Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz are strong champions of the European project and closer ties with France. However, regardless of who wins the election in September 2017, there are some areas in Franco-Germans relations where cooperation will be easier said than done.
Ode to (Some) Joy
by Claire Demesmay, Jana Puglierin
Berlin Policy Journal, July 2017
Both main German parties are keen to work with France’s new president. And whether it will be “Merkron” or “Schucron” pushing the EU forward, there is more common ground than disagreement.
France and Germany: Pairing up to Repair Europe
France and Germany: Pairing up to Repair EuropeAn interview with Claire Demesmay in Green European Journal
by Claire Demesmay
Green European Journal, June 29, 2017
Regardless of whether Angela Merkel or Martin Schulz is elected in September 2017, the next German chancellor’s relationship with Emmanuel Macron and France will be crucial for the EU’s future. The Franco-German relationship has always involved constructive cooperation, but it has also been marked by a certain tension and rivalry. Is this somewhat dysfunctional “couple” fit to lead such a large European family? Can the historical “engine of Europe” still propel European integration forward?
Russian Disinformation Today
An audio interview with Peter Pomerantsev
by Juulia Barthel
Peter Pomerantsev talks about Russian propaganda and disinformation, how Russia views political warfare more generally, and the country’s efforts to exert psychological influence abroad. Despite similar aims, current Russian modes of propaganda differ radically from Soviet-era methods because of the starkly changed media landscape. According to Pomerantsev, strengthening today’s public against all forms of misinformation, rumor, and fake news requires radically rethinking the media.
Frau Merkel Means What Frau Merkel Says
Frau Merkel Means What Frau Merkel SaysEuropeans have their destiny in their own hands, but transatlantic ties still matter
by Jana Puglierin
Globe and Mail (Toronto), May 31, 2017
Angela Merkel's "beer-tent speech" was not intended to throw transatlantic relations onto the dust heap of history. Her point, rather, was to stress that holding the EU-27 together is her number-one priority. By saying that the Europeans had their destiny “in their own hands,” she made the case for a stronger EU and a more active Germany.
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