Dr. Claudia Schmucker

Head of Program, Globalization and World Economy Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Globalization and the world economy
  • G8/G20
  • International economic organizations (WTO, IMF)
  • Transatlantic relations
  • European foreign trade policy

Foreign Languages

English, French


Media Inquiries

Wiebke Ewering
Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-32
Email: presse@dgap.org

Claudia Schmucker has been head of the Globalization and World Economy Program since 2002.

Before joining the Institute in 2002, she was project manager at the Center for International Cooperation (CIC) in Bonn.

She studied at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn and Elmira College, NY, and at Yale University and holds an M.A. in North American studies and a doctorate of economics from the Free University, Berlin.

Claudia Schmucker has published several articles on the global financial crisis and the role of the G20 and the IMF as well as on the WTO and the world trading system.


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Selected Publications

Doha Still the Silver Bullet
WTO's Bali agreement important development toward resolution
by Claudia Schmucker
Doha Still the Silver Bullet
Finally a step in the right direction: in WTO negotiations on Bali at the end of 2013, it was finally possible to agree on a package including trade facilitation, select agricultural policies, and developmental agreements. Will such progress save the Doha Round from collapse?
Category: Free Trade, Trade, Emerging Market Economies, Food, Worldwide
Investing Our Way Out of the Crisis?
The debate over how public investment banks in Europe can promote growth
by Katharina Ehrhart, Claudia Schmucker
DGAP Analyse kompakt 4, September 9, 2013, 6 pages
Investing Our Way Out of the Crisis?
The controversy over fiscal multipliers has sparked a new debate on the negative effects of austerity measures and a discussion of the need for more public spending in Europe. In this context, the idea of increased investment financing through public investment banks has gained momentum. The authors see a strong role for such banks: The European Investment Bank, they say, is well suited to fill the existing investment gap through favorable loans, particularly to small & medium sized enterprises.
Category: Economy and Finance, Europe
The G-20 Five Years On: Focus on the Core Tasks!
For the group to stay relevant, it must emphasize its role as a forum for dialogue and an agenda setter
by Claudia Schmucker, Katharina Gnath
DGAPanalyse kompakt, 5/2013
The G-20 Five Years On: Focus on the Core Tasks!
When the G-20 heads of state gather for their annual photo op, the group risks becoming peripheral if too many more issues are piled onto the agenda. But even after the financial crisis, the G-20 remains important. Only it can offer a flexible, informal forum for industrial and emerging countries. At the St. Petersburg summit it can prove its prominent role in the global financial system, but for this to work, the agenda needs to be streamlined and kept free of individual interests.
Category: Economy and Finance, Russia
Transatlantic Renaissance?
German-American Relations in Obama’s Second Term
by Stormy-Annika Mildner, Henning Riecke, Claudia Schmucker
Institut français des relations internationales, Note du Cerfa 104, July 25, 2013, 32 pages
Transatlantic Renaissance?
President Obama recently characterized the relationship between his country and Europe as “the cornerstone of our freedom and of our security.” This fits well with current efforts by Brussels and Washington to create the largest free-trade zone in the world. In terms of security policy, however, working together is a good deal more difficult. Points of contention will likely proliferate, from military capability to the war on terror to Internet surveillance. (Cerfa report in French and German.)
Category: Transatlantic Relations, Security, Economy and Finance, Trade, United States of America, Germany
A Trade Deal Worth Making
An EU-U.S. pact would deliver huge economic benefits for both sides
by Stormy-Annika Mildner, Claudia Schmucker
Wall Street Journal, February 13, 2013
A Trade Deal Worth Making
In a joint statement, U.S. President Barack Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso agreed to launch negotiations on a trans-Atlantic free-trade agreement as soon as possible.
Category: Free Trade, European Union, United States of America, Europe
Germany, the IMF, and Aid for Greece
The latest agreement is only an interim solution—another debt haircut appears unavoidable
by Claudia Schmucker
Germany, the IMF, and Aid for Greece
Even public creditors will have to waive part of their outstanding payments. Otherwise, the target that eurozone finance ministers and the IMF have now agreed to—a lowering of Greece’s public debt to 124 percent of GDP by 2020—will not be attainable, says DGAP economic expert Claudia Schmucker. But the German federal government will avoid an unpopular debt write-off before the 2013 federal elections.
Category: Economy and Finance, IMF, Europe, Germany, Greece
G20, IMF and WTO in Turbulent Times
Legitimacy and Effectiveness Put to the Test
by Katharina Gnath, Claudia Schmucker, Stormy-Annika Mildner
SWP Research Paper 2012/RP 10, August 2012, 37 Pages
G20, IMF and WTO in Turbulent Times
The global economic and financial crisis made clear how important it is to have an effective system of international economic governance. The G20 took a key role in the management of the crisis, however, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) were also important. How well did these institutions deal with the crisis?
Category: Economy and Finance, IMF, World Bank, G8/G20
Lots of Talk, Little Action?
Chances and Impediments for a New EU-U.S. Trade Agenda
by Claudia Schmucker
AICGS Issue Brief 41, 6 December 2011, 8 pages
Lots of Talk, Little Action?
The latest meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) at the end of November brought some progress, but the transatlantic partnership still lacks a vision. The abolition of all tariffs could give new momentum to economic relations between the EU and the United States. Both sides should also support a "Doha light" agreement at the World Trade Organization's minister conference this December in order to restore credibility to the WTO.
Category: Economy and Finance, Transatlantic Relations, WTO
Transatlantic Trade Tiff
The Transatlantic Economic Council will face a handful of knotty trade disputes
by Claudia Schmucker
When US President-elect Barack Obama takes office in 2009 his top priority will undoubtedly be the current global financial crisis. But the unresolved trade disputes between the European Union and the United States are certain to resurface. The newly founded Transatlantic Economic Council is the most promising venue for dealing with them—if the disagreements do not not cripple it from the outset.
Category: Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements, Trade, Economy and Finance, North America, United States of America, Western Europe political, Europe
Barriers in the Atlantic Economic Area
From TAFTA to a Free Market: New Transatlantic Trade Initiatives
by Josef Braml, Claudia Schmucker
Internationale Politik, Global Edition, 8 (Summer 2007) 2, pp. 44-47
During its current term as EU Council president, Germany has been trying hard to promote transatlantic economic integration. But Washington – and some EU countries – have reacted hesitantly. For them, the primary goal is closing the Doha Round. A transatlantic free trade zone remains a long-term project.
Category: Economy and Finance, Free Trade

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