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Politics Trump Economics
Politics Trump Economics

Germany’s approach to Russia, namely supporting political change by deepening economic relations, has failed

05/02/2015 | by Stefan Meister | Russia, German Foreign Policy

Russia's pursuit of politically motivated yet economically irrational behavior has shown that decades of attempted economic integration between Russia and the West have failed. Attempts to engage Moscow through its Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) look similarly futile. Germany's retreat from this strategy will have long-term consequences for both financial and political investment in Russia.

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Together Forever?
Together Forever?

Greece's election forces Germany to once again confront the possibility of a Grexit

22/01/2015 | by Julian Rappold | Greece, Economy and Currency

The far left Syriza party is poised to win January 25 parliamentary elections in Greece, and will likely demand a renegotiation of the terms of its continued eurozone membership if it does. Angela Merkel's government in Germany, fearing the precedent this would set for other crisis countries, seems willing to let Greece go instead.


Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop
Without institutional reform the euro area is threatened with a lost decade
19/01/2015 | by Daniela Schwarzer
The euro area seems to have weathered the worst of the crises, but longer-term problems now threaten the currency union. Steps must be taken to avoid a decade of stagnant economic growth, even if none of the policymakers involved are eager to discuss them.
Category Economy and Currency, Economy and Finance, Europe
A Symbolic No-Show
With the Americans missing, the Paris attacks may deepen the transatlantic rift
13/01/2015 | by Bettina Vestring
Barack Obama’s absence at the great Paris rally for the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks may be symbolic of a deeper rift: Americans and Europeans have a completely different view of what it takes to combat terrorism. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that “Islam is part of Germany,” while US policy makers call for more security and surveillance. The killings at Charlie Hebdo may end up widening the transatlantic gap.
Category Homeland Security, Terrorism, Europe, United States of America
Brush Up Your Russian, NATO!
The Atlantic alliance needs to acquire a more sophisticated understanding of Vladimir Putin’s state
12/01/2015 | by Andrew Monaghan
The West has ruled out military action in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. This does not mean, however, that military tools are irrelevant. NATO should learn lessons from the war in Ukraine, examining the use of its weapons and tactics and developing a sophisticated response to them.
Category War/Warfare, Ukraine, Europe
Europe’s New (In)Security Order
The Ukraine conflict has changed the European security architecture
25/11/2014 | by Claudia Major, Jana Puglierin
The Ukraine crisis has substantially and perhaps permanently altered Europe’s security structure. Europe is now much less secure, and its security architecture altogether less stable, more confrontational, and less predictable. Individual states, along with NATO, the EU, and the OSCE, must now address the deficiencies in this new order. At the same time, Europe has a better chance to exist peacefully if it succeeds in binding Russia into a cooperative order – as demanding as that will be.
Category Security, Europe, Russia
Would Solidarity Suffice?
Stress-testing a Russian gas cutoff, the EU may be too optimistic
17/11/2014 | by Thomas W. O'Donnell
With the actions of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin becoming ever more unpredictable, the EU Energy Stress Test was an important step to prepare for the contingency of a supply stop of Russian gas to Europe. Relying on solidarity and LNG imports, however, may not be enough.
Category Resources and Energy, Europe, Russia
Europa-Dämmerung? Think Again!
More democracy and fewer borders should be Europe’s rule of thumb
05/11/2014 | by Paul Hockenos
With separatist movements and right-wing populist parties on the rise, it would be easy to conclude that Europe is reverting to small-minded nationalism – and wrong. However, the EU’s vision of a united, transnational Europe could do with new impetus that a more even distribution of decision-making powers would bring.
Category European Union, Europe
Britain Outside Europe? The US View
UK withdrawal from the EU would be a double loss
25/11/2013 | by Jeffrey Lightfoot, Tim Oliver
Britain is one of the United States' most important relationships, but Britain's position within the EU is central to its importance. A UK exit from Europe would weaken the geopolitical position of Britain and change the EU and Europe in ways which could be detrimental to US interests.
Category European Union, Transatlantic Relations, Europe, United Kingdom, Worldwide
United in Reluctance
How the Syrian crisis might transform the West
02/09/2013 | by Josef Janning
While human suffering continues in Syria, the Western response to the probable use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime on August 21 reveals a continued transformation of what used to be the West.
Category International Policy/Relations, Syria, Europe, United States of America
State Power within European Integration
On the limits and context of Germany's power in the Union
02/05/2013 | by Josef Janning
Germany is widely perceived to be calling the shots in Europe's sovereign debt crisis management, and maybe in the EU in general. But a state's influence in the union is complex and also contextual. Clearly, though, state power seems to have regained prominence in the European debate. How much power have member states retained, or perhaps even won, in the process of integration – and what does power in the Union look like? Five theses on power in today’s European Union.
Category Political System, Integration, Political Culture, Political Participation, Government and Society, EU-Treaties, Enlargement Process, European Union, Germany, Europe
Elysée Treaty Turns 50: Golden Anniversary Hangover
The current imbalance in Franco-German relations hurts everyone
22/01/2013 | by Claire Demesmay, Ronja Kempin
A crisis in Franco-German relations has arrived, just in time for the celebration of 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. This cannot be chalked up to the weakness of the French economy alone; the focus on budgetary questions inside the relationship has also advanced the inequality. Three recommendations to rekindle the romance between these two partners
Category Bilateral Relations, European Union, Germany, France, Western Europe, Europe
Goodbye? Hello!
Those who wish for Great Britain to remain in the EU should advocate for reforms in Brussels
11/01/2013 | by Will Straw
David Cameron has delivered his long awaited "speech on Europe" and announced that Britain will hold a referendum on EU membership. Despite recent warnings by the US administration against Britain leaving the EU, the British public seems more skeptical than ever. The debate about British relationship with Europe will continue at these new heights until the citizens vote. The clear “in or out” option could help mobilize a coalition of EU supporters, and reforms in Brussels would help the European cause in the UK.
Category European Union, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe
The State of the Internet: Reconstituting “Cyberspace”
Suggestions for a common EU strategy for Internet security
19/12/2012 | by Annegret Bendiek, Ben Wagner
Before decisions on the regulation of the Internet and prevailing universal norms are made on a global level, Europeans must develop a common Internet strategy. Such an EU strategy, however, cannot pit security against freedom or the interests of the state against individual liberties and fundamental rights.
Category Cyber Security, New Risks, Security, NATO, Regional Organizations, Law & Institutions, Technology and Research, Political Culture, Government and Society, Information Technology, Political Participation, European Union, Europe
Serving the World – and Your Constituents
Why Germany is short on foreign policy experts
05/12/2012 | by Hans-Ulrich Klose
Those who work in foreign policy are always traveling. This is a truism with consequences, since a politician who is away from her home district will have less contact with voters and ultimately lower chances for reelection. So how can we recruit young talent interested in global affairs? For starters, raise the status of foreign policy on the political agenda.
Category German Foreign Policy, Institutions and Actors, Political System, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Berlin Getting Into Election Gear
Can the polls be won on the euro rescue?
03/12/2012 | by Almut Möller
Clearly, the future still does not look rosy for the Eurozone. But three years into the euro crisis, Angela Merkel, whose global recognition has skyrocketed in the course of the crisis, remains in surprisingly good shape. As many times as worries that the euro rescue will ultimately fail might have kept her up at night over this past year — she doesn’t look it.
Category European Union, Western Europe, Geographical areas of Europe, Europe, Germany
Energiewende in Icelandic
Best practices from the north
31/10/2012 | by Paul Hockenos
The Nordic countries have been at the business of renewable energy longer than Germany – and they have a lot to show for it. In fact, their supplies of renewable energies proportionally surpass those of the Germans' hands down; their energy prices are lower; and most of them export clean energy.
Category Climate and Environment, Northern Europe, Europe
London Is Calling, But not Getting Through
Germans prove to be less than receptive to British efforts to debate Europe
26/10/2012 | by Almut Möller
Londoners are flocking to Berlin these days. During the last two years the Brits calling Berlin or stopping by to chat with Berlin’s political analysts seemed to mostly come from the financial sector. But as eurozone governments have begun transitioning from crisis mode into the messy business of sorting out the longer-term fixes, it’s now Britain's politicians who are showing up in Berlin to discuss Europe.
Category European Union, Bilateral Relations, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe, Geographical areas of Europe
Transitioning to Renewable Energy
Can Germany Do It Alone?
24/10/2012 | by Paul Hockenos
At a time when German politicians are questioning whether Germany is on the right path, it’s worth underscoring that the process of energy transition involves its entire European neighborhood.
Category Renewables, Resources and Energy, Climate and Environment, Climate & Energy Policy, European Union, Germany, Central Europe, Europe, Western Europe, Northern Europe
Assistance or Alibi?
Strengthening regional players in Africa
18/10/2012 | by Henning Riecke
The European Union has decided to support the new Malian government in reclaiming sovereign control over the northern parts of Mali. The EU will create a small training mission for Bamako to help it better cope with the Islamist occupation of this territory, which makes up the greater part of the country.
Category State Building, Government and Society, CFSP/CSDP, West Africa, Africa, Europe