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Accession Regatta Lull
Accession Regatta LullThe Western Balkans’ long journey to the EU
by Theresia Töglhofer
DGAPkompakt 2, May 2, 2012, 9 pp.
Croatia will become the 28th EU member state in 2013, making it not only the first Western Balkan country to join the EU, but also the last new member for the next few years. Croatia’s relatively straight path to the EU is the exception to the rule in a region where issues of stabilization and unresolved bilateral conflicts still present a number of hurdles. At a time when Brussels is adopting stricter accession rules, will the EU be able to maintain its powerful appeal in the Western Balkans?
Key to the Solution, Part of the Problem
Key to the Solution, Part of the Problem Germany needs better public diplomacy within the EU
by Almut Möller
DGAPstandpunkt 2, February 8, 2012, 3 pp.
There is no way out of the debt crisis without Germany. But for many partners in the European Union, Berlin is part of the problem. Not too long ago, it was said that Germany wasn’t leading – and now: it’s not leading right. Berlin is perceived as cracking the whip on regulation with little sympathy for the hardship of the countries in crisis. The federal government has to take this development seriously, as it threatens to shrink its scope for action.
How to deal with Belarus?
New Approaches in EU-Belarus Relations
by Marie-Lena May
DGAPkompakt 2, May 11, 2011, 6 pp.
Since the rigged elections and the violent crackdowns on demonstrations in December 2010, EU-Belarus relations are at a low point. To develop a new EU strategy toward Belarus, the EU should take a closer look at the structural developments in the country and approach two groups for a new cooperation: the pro-European youth and the disappointed elite.
Test Case Belarus
Consequences for the EU after the 2010 Belarusian Presidential Election
by Marie-Lena May, Stefan Meister
DGAPstandpunkt 1, January 3, 2011, 3 pp.
On the evening of the Belarusian presidential election Alexander Lukashenko showed that democracy in Belarus will only be possible without him. The violent disbanding of protests and the disregard for the most basic human rights by the Belarusian security service should be answered with harsh sanctions by the European Union. If the European Union takes its advocacy for democracy and human rights seriously, it needs to make Belarus a test case for a consistent foreign policy.
DGAP Yearbook, Volume 27
DGAP Yearbook, Volume 27Globally Sustainable Energy Security Policy („Weltverträgliche Energiesicherheitspolitik“)
by Josef Braml, Karl Kaiser, Hanns W. Maull, Eberhard Sandschneider, Klaus-Werner Schatz
Oldenbourg Publishers, Munich 2008, 439 pages (in German)
This volume has not lost any relevance over time. Since its publication, the recommendations have been discussed in a variety of forums, in academic journals, and popular magazines. This has helped to stimulate a debate both among policy-makers and the general public that has fostered an understanding of energy security as a humanitarian, environmental, economic, and security tasks that should be dealt with in an international framework.
A Sunny Spring European Council 2007
Common energy policy or bilateral relationships with Russia?
by Frank Umbach, Alexander Skiba
DGAPstandpunkt 3, April 23, 2007, 4 pp.
After the Spring European Council one thing is certain: the EU must speak with “one voice” toward Moscow, plan energy-related decisions more purposefully, and pursue important pipeline projects with greater foreign policy muscle. This will help to become a strategic actor in the fields of energy policy and external energy relations. The EU’s internal disagreements vis-à-vis Europe’s main energy supplier Russia remain the most serious problem of the envisioned common European approach.