German Council on Foreign Relations

Banning YouTube in Russia: Just a Matter of Time

Why the Last Free Social Media Platform in Russia Is Crucial for Informing Society

YouTube is the last bastion of free expression and information in Russia, with over 93 million users. A ban on the platform would hurt democratic principles and freedom of speech in the country – and it is not a question of if but when. To prevent the further isolation of Russian society, democratic policymakers must act swiftly by urging Google to cooperate and to bolster YouTube’s infrastructure, as well as by reviewing sanctions. 

Philipp Dietrich

Will Deadlock over Ukraine Kill the EU Enlargement Momentum?

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wants to postpone Ukraine’s accession talks and accelerate those of the Balkan candidates. In fact, he might slow down EU enlargement in general, which was only recently revived and which Hungary strongly supports.

Milan Nič
Frauke Seebass
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Time to Deliver

What the Loss and Damage Fund Needs to Bring to the Most Vulnerable
Mechthild Becker
Dr. Kira Vinke

Germany’s “Plumbers of Power” Lack Far-Sightedness

Just before passing its halfway mark, the coalition government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been hitting the financial buffers. Sadly, a general fiscal rethink is unlikely.

Dr. Henning Hoff
Berlin Cable
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