Merkel’s Stalling Revolution
Chancellor slipping in environmental goals
18/07/2012 | by Paul Hockenos
Two normally antagonistic ministries suggest Merkel's environmental commitment is faltering and Germany's renewables industry will suffer more to please big automakers.
Category Renewables, Resources and Energy, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
The Long Shadow of Ordoliberalism
Understanding Germany’s approach to the euro crisis
17/07/2012 | by Ulrike Guérot, Sebastian Dullien
In its attempts to rescue the euro, Germany is often seen as the odd country out. It blocks constructive solutions with its resistance to either using ECB funds or creating sufficiently large rescue mechanisms for indebted countries and banks, all while insisting on pronounced austerity. However, what is seldom understood abroad is that the German position is about more than limiting its own fiscal exposure.
Category Economy and Currency, European Union, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Security is Political
The CSDP is a matter for Europe, not NATO
11/07/2012 | by Hans-Dieter Heumann
IP recently published recommendations on how Germany can revitalize the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). Among other things, the authors called for a “NATO First policy.” But is that the right message? Certainly not, as common defense is an issue that concerns further European integration.
Category CFSP/CSDP, Europe
Hey There, Neighbor!
The EU needs a cooperative and enlightened border control system
06/07/2012 | by Roderick Parkes
In North Africa, societies—and unemployment—are expanding, while Europe has an aging problem. A solution that would benefit both sides is obvious. Technocratic top-down approaches have no chance of success. And European governments need to tell their voters some uncomfortable truths.
Category Migration, Government and Society, North Africa, Europe, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Something is Stirring in Germany
The Freie Wähler are hoping to offer a political home to bailout-critical voters in next year's elections
03/07/2012 | by Derek Scally
Long considered an untouchable central tenet of German politics, four years of turmoil has cast aspersions on unwavering, unquestioning support for the EU. The FW (Free Voters) is challenging this dogma in an effort to shake up the electoral landscape.
Category European Union, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Guts, And Some Glory
German President Joachim Gauck confronts a controversial topic
26/06/2012 | by Luisa Seeling
During a visit to the Bundeswehr’s Führungsakademie in Hamburg, German President Joachim Gauck was quite upfront. He called upon the country to develop a more positive attitude toward military missions abroad and criticized the German tendency of “not wanting to know.” Gauck took his chances on a delicate issue to spur a debate on German security policy, which is still notable mostly for its absence. Outspokenness seems to be his strategy, and so far, it has been successful.
Category German Armed Forces, German Foreign Policy, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Europe’s Rough Seas
Angela Merkel is piloting in dangerous waters
22/06/2012 | by Steven Hill
With the end of the eurozone crisis nowhere in sight, all eyes are turned toward Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her long-term vision is valid, but does she have the ability to overcome the more immediate obstacles Europe faces? The Chancellor needs to make the case for “more Europe” to her fellow Germans and show flexibility in her country’s reaction to the crisis. After all, Germany has profited as much, if not more, from the eurozone than any other state.
Category Economy and Currency, European Union, Europe
Who’s Paying and Why
Calculating the costs of Germany's variable energy pricing
21/06/2012 | by Paul Hockenos
It’s high time to say something about the raging debate over the high and rising electricity prices in Germany. Almost unanimously they’re being blamed on the Energiewende, and are being employed by opponents to stop or at least slow down the energy transition. It is not fair.
Category Renewables, Resources and Energy, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Waiting for Angela
Are Merkel's critics angry at her or their own feelings of helplessness?
15/06/2012 | by Derek Scally
Something strange is going on behind the scenes of the eurozone crisis. If some poor soul ever comes up with the idea of dramatizing the last four years, they would do well by naming the piece "Waiting for Angela."
Category German Foreign Policy, Europe
What Hegemon?
Germany's self-centeredness and short-term thinking disqualify it as a hegemon
04/05/2012 | by Hans Kundnani
Since the beginning of the euro crisis, there has been much discussion of actual or potential German “hegemony” in Europe. Some journalists and academics have described Germany as a “Hegemon wider willen” or a “reluctant hegemon.” Based on this analysis, they have called on Germany to be bolder and to embrace its role as a hegemon.
Category Financial Crisis, Finance, Economy and Currency, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
More Money, More Problems
Germany’s foreign policy is increasingly driven by economic interests
31/10/2011 | by Hans Kundnani
Berlin remains unwilling to project military force, even alongside allies. But it has become less hesitant to flex its economic muscles, especially in Europe. Traditionally thought of as a “civilian power,” Germany’s foreign policy has become more assertive in pursuit of profits for its firms, even perhaps at the cost of its broader political interests.
Category Economy and Finance, Germany, Europe, Western Europe
Stability in Northern Iraq
The Kurdish region and the “good hegemon” Turkey
25/06/2011 | by Friedbert Pflüger
The autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan is not yet a flawless democracy. Nevertheless, the days of war and conflict seem to have come to an end. The province is relatively stable and is experiencing steady democratization and an economic boost, thanks largely to Turkey. Now Europe should also get more involved.
Category Humanitarian Intervention, Democratization/System Change, Europe, Iraq, Turkey, Kurdistan, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Germany’s Atomic Angst
The post-Fukushima turnabout in Angela Merkel's energy policy
Category Nuclear Energy, Reform, Climate & Energy Policy, Germany, Europe
Honest Aid
If donors keep their word, new structures could boost E.U. development policy
01/01/2011 | by Toby Vogel
Placing development under the aegis of the new E.U. diplomatic corps could foreshadow an upgrading of E.U. development policy. Yet critics warn that some countries may be rewarded for the right positions on E.U. security concerns while others, more deserving, may end up with less aid. The economic crisis is causing donors to backslide on commitments.
Category Development Policy, Economy and Finance, European Union, Europe, Worldwide, Africa South Of Sahara
The Tribulations of Citizenship
Eastern and Western Europe go different ways on this key issue
01/07/2010 | by Belinda Cooper
Category European Union, German Foreign Policy, Europe, Germany, Central Europe, Balkans, South-East Europe
The Politics of Populism
Rise of the rabble-rousers in Central Europe
01/05/2010 | by Paul Hockenos
From the Baltic to the Balkans, demagogues of different stripes have made striking gains at the expense of their liberal opponents. Their populism appeals broadly to people who are frustrated with years of economic hardship and disillusioned with the European Union. Europe pays a high price for having these elements in its midst.
Category European Union, Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Eastern Europe, Europe
Limited Turbulence
The problems of the EU’s new member states pose no threat to the European project
01/06/2009 | by Reinhold Vetter
The Czech Republic’s government collapsed this spring, Latvia faces national bankruptcy, and Slovak nationalists are mobilizing against the Hungarian minority. Twenty years after their peaceful revolutions, the countries of East Central Europe are not paragons of stability. Are they teetering on the brink of collapse?
Category Government and Society, State Building, Central and Eastern European countries, Europe, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Latvia
Rethinking German Guilt, Again
Plenty is missing from the current discussion, despite how long it's been going on
01/10/2006 | by Alan Posener
Germany's recent World Cup euphoria gave many German intellectuals a chance to declare that the country has finally achieved some "normalcy" over half a century after the Nazi era. But nothing much has actually changed with respect to how the German establishment discusses the country's past, partly because no one bothers to take the discussion of German guilt into a new direction driven by 21st century events.
Category Political Culture, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Russia’s Hobbled Civil Society
Caught between old ideologies and a powerful state
01/09/2006 | by Barbara von Ow-Freytag
For most Russians, the shock of the early 1990’s has discredited the notion of democracy, making it difficult for civil society to prevail over new authoritarian trends and old ideologies. Nevertheless, the struggling civic movement in Russia deserves the West’s support.
Category Government and Society, Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe
European Mergers Trump US Acquisitions
Legitimacy makes all the difference
01/11/2005 | by Richard Rosecrance
Corporations have learned the difference. And various European nations have learned from their imperial problems in the past. But the super power United States still has this learning curve ahead of it. Takeovers don’t produce the cooperative trust that maximizes productive synergies.
Category Economy and Currency, Enlargement Process, European Union, Europe-USA, Transatlantic Relations, Economy and Finance, Europe, United States of America