- Dr. Claudia Schmucker
Areas of Expertise
- Global trade policy
- Globalization and the world economy
- International economic organizations (WTO, IMF)
- Transatlantic economic relations
- European foreign trade policy
Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-26
The Globalization and World Economy Program currently does not offer internships.
Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-32
Claudia Schmucker has been head of the DGAP's Globalization and World Economy Program since 2002. She has published extensively on European and transatlantic trade policy, the world trade organization (WTO) and the Doha Round as well as on the role of informal global forums such as the G7 and the G20
She studied at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität in Bonn, at Elmira College in New York state, and at Yale University. She holds an MA in North American studies and a PhD in economics from the Freie Universität, Berlin.
- First They Came for the TPP
- President-elect Donald Trump has suggested alarming changes to American trade policy
- It’s still too early to say which of American President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises will actually become policy – but with TPP, TTIP, China, and NAFTA all in the cross hairs, significant change is almost certain. Here’s how a few scenarios on the future of trade might play out.
- Brexit changes the EU’s trade dynamics: don’t expect progress
- Once Britain leaves the European Union, there will be consequences for the EU as a trading power. Britain was, in 2015, the world’s fifth-largest economy and Europe’s second-largest. It was tenth-biggest exporter of merchandise, and second-biggest of commercial services.
- Category: European Union, United Kingdom, Europe
- How to Remain Relevant? Focus on International Issues!
- The G20 and its contribution to growth and global governance
- The G20 has developed from a successful crisis committee into a more broadly defined steering committee and agenda-setter. The recent Australian and current Turkish presidencies have refocused the agenda again on growth issues. But, in the G20’s informal context, long-standing disputes on how to achieve growth and a focus on domestic reform commitments have made progress on this issue very difficult. The G20 should resharpen its focus on international issues, where it can add value to the growth debate.
- Category: Global Institutions, Western World
- Germany’s G7 Presidency
- Preserving the significance of the G7 means getting results based on shared values
- The G7 is often criticized for taking up topics that should be handled by the G20 and other international organizations. When it convenes at Schloss Elmau June 7–8, it should refocus attention on its role as an informal forum based on common values. The initiative to promote decent work through sustainable supply chains, organized during Germany’s presidency, offers an excellent opportunity to do this. Germany hopes members will adopt its charta for promoting sustainable business. (In German)
- Category: Global Institutions, Western Europe, United States of America, Japan
- TTIP: Winning Back Trust
- The EU Commission should take concrete steps to address the public’s concerns
- The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, if signed, would create the world’s largest economic zone. But its supporters face a credibility problem: ever more Europeans, especially Germans, see in TTIP a threat to their way of life, and to democracy – a “secret treaty” that protects corporate interests while undermining high European standards for the environment, health and consumer protection. Here are five issues the EU Commission and German government must address to win back public trust.
- Category: Free Trade, Globalization, Europe, United States of America
- Group with a Cause
- There is no alternative to the G20, but it does need reform
- At the moment, there is no alternative to the G20, which remains the only international forum for enabling dialogue on equal terms among both important industrial countries and emerging market economies. But greatly differing interests and circumstances among members make compromise extremely difficult, and the summits have started to lose their luster. If the G20 wants to remain an effective forum, it must be strengthened and should concentrate on international themes.
- Category: G8/G20
- TTIP: A Chance for Europe
- The criticism on TTIP is widespread but is it justified? Explanations of central issues
- The public debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), currently under negotiation, is heated. Many are publicly expressing their doubts, fears, and mistrust, but only few are voicing their support. Here Johanna Körnig and Claudia Schmucker spotlight some of the controversies, explain the importance of such a trade agreement, and clear up misconceptions.
- Category: Free Trade
- Doha Still the Silver Bullet
- WTO's Bali agreement important development toward resolution
- 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
- Reforming the G20
- The “Think 20 Network” makes recommendations for the 2014 G20 summit in Australia
- As the main international forum for economic coordination, the G20 is expected to contribute substantially to global economic stability. At its heart is the Framework for Strong, Sustainable, and Balanced Growth, by which the G20 countries have agreed to coordinate their economic policies ever more closely. Katharina Gnath and Claudia Schmucker put forward recommendations for improving monitoring in their Think20 Paper, “Strengthening the Peer Review of the G20 Mutual Assessment Process.”
- Category: Economy and Finance, G8/G20, Worldwide, Australia
- 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
- 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