Dr. Claudia Schmucker

Head of Program, Globalization and World Economy Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Globalization and the world economy
  • G7/G20
  • International economic organizations (WTO, IMF)
  • Transatlantic relations
  • European foreign trade policy


English, French


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-26
Email: schmucker@dgap.org

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Claudia Schmucker has been head of the DGAP's Globalization and World Economy Program since 2002. Before joining the research institute, she was project manager at the Center for International Cooperation (CIC) in Bonn. She on the global financial crisis and the role of the G20 and the International Monetary Fund as well as on the World Trade Organization and the world trading system.

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.


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Selected Publications

How to Remain Relevant? Focus on International Issues!
The G20 and its contribution to growth and global governance
by Claudia Schmucker
Published June 1, 2015 by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
How to Remain Relevant? Focus on International Issues!
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
TTIP: Winning Back Trust
The EU Commission should take concrete steps to address the public’s concerns
by Claudia Schmucker
DGAPstandpunkt 3, March 2, 2015, 3 pp.
TTIP: Winning Back Trust
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
by Claudia Schmucker, Katharina Gnath
DGAPkompakt 17, December 18, 2014, 4 pp.
Group with a Cause
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
by Johanna Körnig, Claudia Schmucker
Five Questions, May 22, 2014
TTIP: A Chance for Europe
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.
Doha Still the Silver Bullet
WTO's Bali agreement important development toward resolution
by Claudia Schmucker
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
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
DGAPkompakt 5, September 10, 2013, 7 pp.
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
Investing Our Way Out of the Crisis?
The debate over how public investment banks in Europe can promote growth
by Katharina Ehrhart, Claudia Schmucker
DGAPkompakt 4, September 9, 2013, 6 pp.
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
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
Five Questions, November 29, 2012
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


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