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Tunisia’s Fragile Democracy: Decentralization, Institution-Building and the Development of Marginalized Regions
Perspectives from the Region and Europe
by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid
Although Tunisia has made great strides over the past seven years, its democratization process remains fragile. Disillusionment with and distrust in the government, particularly high among the young, also manifest themselves in low voter turnout. To a great extent, this disillusionment stems from the various, persistent socio-economic problems which had led to the uprisings and the ouster of the former autocratic regime in 2011.
“You cannot stop information from being shared or disseminated”
“You cannot stop information from being shared or disseminated”Andrei Soldatov on digitalization in Russia
by Alena Epifanova
Digitalization is an innovative economic sector in Russia which showcases the country’s intellectual potential. Internet is readily available, with many Russian cities offering easier internet access than Germany cities. Russia is a network society with booming social media. At the same time, the Russian government is systematically trying to control this area. As this is not always technically feasible, Russia is intensifying its technological cooperation with China.
Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans
Regional Cooperation in the Western BalkansOptions for the Interplay of Neighborly Relations and EU Accession up to 2025
by Cornelius Adebahr, Theresia Töglhofer, Sarah Wohlfeld, Natasha Wunsch
DGAPkompakt 30 (December 2018), 21 pp.
Under the European Commission’s 2018 Western Balkan strategy, candidate countries from the region must resolve bilateral disputes before joining the EU. As it wants to avoid importing conflicts, the EU puts the onus to ensure good neighborly relations onto the region itself. International researchers from this year’s TRAIN program developed scenarios for the region. They range from increasing regional cooperation to the possible fallout from failed conflict resolution or an EU fatigue toward the region.
Protecting Europe
Protecting EuropeMeeting the EU’s military level of ambition in the context of Brexit
by Douglas Barrie, Ben Barry, Henry Boyd, Marie-Louise Chagnaud, Nick Childs, Bastian Giegerich, Christian Mölling, Torben Schütz
IISS/DGAP Study, November 28th 2018, 44 p.
The ability of the European Union to act in defense, today and in the future, is an important reference point in the discussion relating to strategic autonomy and to the impact of the British exit from the Union (Brexit). The EU has set itself a military level of ambition. This study assesses to what extent the EU is able to fulfil this level of ambition, today and with an outlook towards a 2030 horizon.
Straddling between Optimism and Mistrust
Straddling between Optimism and MistrustFrance’s Youth Doubts Reform Successes
by Julie Hamann, Sara Jakob
DGAPanalysis 7 (November 2018), 11 pp.
For many young people in France, President Macron’s reforms failed to alleviate their social anxieties. Unemployment remains high, employment conditions precarious, and what started as a protest against new fuel taxes quickly spilled over to other reform areas including social policy. Macron will need to gain the youngsters’ trust ahead of the European Parliament election – not least because its outcome will decisively shape his domestic credibility, and consequently, his political fate.
A Chance to Calm the Trade War
A Chance to Calm the Trade WarG20 Summit in Argentina
by Claudia Schmucker
DGAPviewpoint 21, 2018, 2 pp. First published in the Global Policy Journal (10/31/2018).
Ten years after the G20 held its first ever summit, the informal group is meeting for the first time in South America. But can the closely watched gathering calm tensions amid the escalating trade war?
The US and North Korea, beyond the Singapore Summit
by Bernt Berger
Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), 25 October 2018.
Following the inconclusive Singapore summit between the US and North Korea, Seoul decided to take matters into its own hands. International support for this crucial inter-Korean rapprochement process has been scarce, with many fearing to add fuel to the fire in the face of growing tensions with the US. Yet, it is key that the international community empower the two Koreas to set their own agenda towards stabilization - lest the historic oppportunity to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula vanish into thin air.
Hurdle Race with a Slow Start
Hurdle Race with a Slow StartPublic Administration Reform in Ukraine
by Iryna Solonenko
DGAPkompakt 25 (October 2018), 6 pp.
Launched in 2015 after the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine’s public administration reform is a serious attempt to overhaul the existing system based on recognized European principles. However, its implementation has been patchy due to various obstacles including poor leadership and resistance to change. To tackle these drawbacks, it is important to establish a reform task force led by the prime minster and improve legislation. Support from Germany and Europe will also be decisive for the reform’s success.
Responsible Defense Policy
Responsible Defense PolicyThis Autumn, Germany Should Pave Its Way out of the 46 Billion Defense Investment Gap
by Christian Mölling, Torben Schütz
DGAPkompakt Nr. 23 (October 2018), 6 pp.
By the close of the ongoing budget negotiations in November 2018, Germany will have to decide on the future of its armed forces’ long-term recovery. To close the 46 billion euro gap, the defense budget and financial planning would need to be increased by approximately four billion euros each year until 2024. While endorsing their firm commitments to NATO and the EU, parliament and government have so far failed to agree on a budget fit enough to deliver on those tasks they have assigned to the Bundeswehr.
A New Strategy for European Health Policy
A New Strategy for European Health Policy
by Anna-Lena Kirch, Daniela Braun
DGAPanalyse 6 (September 2018), 25 pp.
Germany considers itself a leading European power that utilizes its influence to promote EU cohesion in the face of Brexit and numerous other crises. However, a different picture emerges in European health policy, an area that is not only being discussed as an essential part of the EU’s social dimension but also in the context of its security and development positioning: Far from shaping the discussion, Germany is at times even perceived as the brakeman to an effective European health policy.
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