Dr. Daniela Schwarzer


Areas of Expertise

  • German and European foreign policy
  • EU integration and institutions
  • Elections in Europe
  • European finance and eurozone policies
  • German-french relations
  • Transatlantic relations


English, French


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

Dr. Daniela Schwarzer is Director of the DGAP. 

She previously was an executive team member of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, serving as GMF’s senior director of research and heading GMF’s Berlin office as well as its Europe program. Prior to this she spent eight years at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), where she led the research group on European integration from 2008 to 2013. During this time she advised Poland and France during their respective EU Council presidencies, served as a consultant to the Centre d’Analyse Stratégique for the French prime minister, and was a member of the “Europe” working group of the Whitebook Commission on Foreign and European Policy. Before joining SWP, she worked as an opinion page editor and France correspondent for Financial Times Deutschland.

She has held a senior research professorship at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC/Bologna since 2014 and was a Fritz Thyssen Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in 2012–13. She taught for several years at the Hertie School of Governance and has lectured at the Collège d’Europe in Bruges, the Institute of European Studies of Macau, and the Universität Salzburg. In addition, she serves on the advisory boards of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris and is a non-executive board member of BNP Paribas.




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Selected Publications

Three Challenges for a Macron Presidency
And Two Recommendations for Germany
by Daniela Schwarzer
DGAPstandpunkt 5 (April 25, 2017), 3 pages
Three Challenges for a Macron Presidency
Emmanuel Macron's presidency could be the last chance for liberal-minded politicians in France to reform the country – and the EU. Failure to do so could pave the way in five years’ time for a far-right or far-left president who would then begin undoing the EU.
Category: European Union, Elections, France, Germany, Europe
Assessing the 2017 Munich Security Conference
The liberal order is under unprecedented pressure
by Daniela Schwarzer, Sylke Tempel †
Assessing the 2017 Munich Security Conference
The stakes were high, expectations even higher at this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC): The liberal order, created by the United States after World War II, is under pressure, not least – ironically enough – from the new US administration. The social, political, and economic consequences of technological innovation are enormous. And there is, at least in Western liberal democracies, a growing sense of uncertainty. Did the 53rd MSC provide some orientation?
Category: Security, International Policy/Relations
New Deals for the Old Continent
From the January-February Berlin Policy Journal
by Daniela Schwarzer
Berlin Policy Journal, January February 2017
New Deals for the Old Continent
Europe is bracing for a new US president whose foreign policy objectives are measured solely by American interests. As the new director of the DGAP's research institute writes, "damage control" is not the only answer: Europe has to take its fate into its own hands.
Category: European Union, Transatlantic Relations, Western World
The Method in Angela Merkel’s Measured Response to Terror
by Daniela Schwarzer
Financial Times, December 22, 2016
With Monday’s assault on one of Berlin’s most popular Christmas markets, Germans finally experienced the kind of atrocity many have been expecting since Islamist attacks in France and Belgium. Daniela Schwarzer writes in the Financial Times that the support of Germany's civil society for the chancellor’s refugee policy remains vital.
Category: Terrorism, Political Culture, Germany
Angela Merkel Wants to Rewind Rather Than Reverse
by Daniela Schwarzer
Financial Times, September 23, 2016
The chancellor is under enormous pressure, both inside Germany and from its foreign partners, over her decision to open the country to refugees, resulting in an inflow of more than 1.1 million in 2015 alone.
Category: Germany
Political Volatility in Germany Intensifies With AfD’s Gains
by Daniela Schwarzer
Financial Times, September 19, 2016
The far-right populist party Alternative for Germany made it into the tenth regional parliament in a row, three years after its creation.
Category: Political Culture
Societies Need to Foster Resilience to Survive Terrorism
by Daniela Schwarzer
Financial Times, August 14, 2016
Until recently, personal safety was a marginal concern to the vast majority of people in the EU. Now, terrorism challenges our way of life.
Category: Security
With Britain Leaving, Europe Will Need to Quickly Carry On
by Daniela Schwarzer
Transatlantic Take blog, German Marshall Fund of the United States, June 24, 2016
Yesterday’s vote for Britain to leave the Union places the EU before a stark challenge, in the midst of trying times. The fundamental challenge to the European Union comes at a time at which multiple, interlinked crises have already shaken much of what the EU was at what now seems to be the peak of integration following the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. Although the shock goes deep, now is the time to keep a cool head, be pragmatic, and refocus on European ambition.
Category: European Union, United Kingdom
Obama’s Message to a Sober Germany
by Daniela Schwarzer
Transatlantic Take blog, German Marshall Fund of the United States, April 24, 2016
As US President Barack Obama today delivers the opening speech at the world’s largest industrial fair in Hannover, he will find a very different country than the one he saw upon his campaign visit in 2008. From the heights of excitement when Obama took office in 2009 to the depths of outrage when the NSA affair broke in 2013, Germany’s view of Washington today is sobered.
Category: Transatlantic Relations, Germany, United States of America
Why Obama Couldn’t Rescue US-German Relations
by Daniela Schwarzer
Foreign Policy, April 22, 2016
Tensions between the two countries aren’t about who holds the presidency. They’re about what Germans see as deep divisions on fundamental values.
Category: Transatlantic Relations, United States of America
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