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

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop
Without institutional reform the euro area is threatened with a lost decade
by Daniela Schwarzer
Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop
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
The EU: Poorly Balanced
Economic divides within the Union need to be closed
by Daniela Schwarzer
The European economy is losing clout on the world stage, and differences in the competitiveness of member states are becoming more distinct. If the EU wants to contribute to the new order of global governance structures, it must strengthen itself politically and economically and perform decisively in concert with economic powers.
Category: European Union, Financial Crisis, Economy and Finance, Europe
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