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Can Slovakia and the Czech Republic overcome Europe’s east-west divide?
by Almut Möller, Milan Nič
ECFR Commentary, February 11, 2019
Prague and Bratislava can jointly develop a more visible profile within the Visegrad 4 group and counter the overall dominance of Hungary and Poland.
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.
Is Russia Europe’s Biggest Threat?
Judy Dempsey asks Stefan Meister and other experts
by Stefan Meister
“Judy Asks,” Carnegie Europe Blog, February 21, 2018
As part of her “Strategic Europe” blog for Carnegie Europe’s website, Judy Dempsey asked a selection of foreign and security policy experts, including the DGAP’s Stefan Meister, about Russia’s role for Europe.
Nationalism Does Not Serve the Nation
Nationalism Does Not Serve the NationGermany should react to Macron’s Europe speech openly and decisively
by Daniela Schwarzer
DGAPstandpunkt 12 (September 2017), 3 pages.
France is back. In his Sorbonne speech, President Emmanuel Macron has grasped a leading and visionary role for his country in Europe, and this is good news for Germany. Paris is set to develop the European Union further and, in doing so, displays a spirit of innovation that offers great opportunities for the EU – not least in times of bitter criticism from both left- and right-wing populists.
A Test for Europe’s German Anchor
by Daniela Schwarzer
Project Syndicate, 26. September 2017
While Germany’s center has held, its policy consensus is about to be tested. With the far-right AfD party in the Bundestag, the German public will be exposed to more radical positions on foreign affairs than have been heard in the country in over a generation.
What Germany Needs To Do Next...
What Germany Needs To Do Next...On France and the EU
by Claire Demesmay, Jana Puglierin
Berlin Policy Journal, 5. September 2017
Meet Paris half-way and let it lead, too, lose your self-satisfied tone, and be more creative in developing ideas to bring the whole EU forward.
Detour d’Europe
Detour d’EuropeWhat the French president’s recent visit to Central and Eastern Europe reveals about his EU reform agenda.
by Milan Nič
Berlin Policy Journal, September 1, 2017
Emmanuel Macron has gone East to pursue reforms of European labor laws, but his real target was his audience at home. This could cause headaches, especially in Berlin.
Say it with feeling
Germany is Europe’s de facto leader. But it needs to change its style
by Claire Demesmay, Jana Puglierin, Julian Rappold
International Politics and Society, July 21, 2017
Leadership can foster resentment. As Germany has taken a stronger role in responding to the crises gripping Europe, mistrust towards Berlin has increased. Germany’s handling of the refugee and Eurozone crises has not met with universal approval, and some regard the country’s unparalleled influence as part of the problem. Germany shouldn’t give in to calls to step away from the reigns. But it does need to change the way it leads, or risk a further erosion of confidence.
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
Listen to the podcast of Milan Nič’s interview with Daniela Schwarzer, director of the DGAP, on Trump’s July visit to Warsaw and the dilemmas that Poland faces today in the European Union.
Three Challenges for a Macron Presidency
Three Challenges for a Macron Presidency And Two Recommendations for Germany
by Daniela Schwarzer
DGAPstandpunkt 5 (April 25, 2017), 3 pages
Emmanuel Macron's presidency could be the last chance for liberal-minded politicians in France to reform the country – and the EU. Failure to do so could pave the way in five years’ time for a far-right or far-left president who would then begin undoing the EU.
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