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Moldova’s Weak Democracy Is a Growing Risk for Europe
by Cristina Gherasimov
First published as Expert Comment, Chatham House, February 26, 2019
The country’s politics have been captured by a corrupt elite, creating a worrying security risk on the edge of Europe.
Advancing Energy Transition While on the Road to Democracy
Advancing Energy Transition While on the Road to DemocracyTunisia’s Double Challenge
by Shahrazad Far
DGAPkompakt 2 (January 2018), 4 pp.
The energy transition in Tunisia, which was first initiated in 2009 and reviewed in 2012, has underemphasized related social and political factors, such as employment and citizen participation in the country’s overall transition context. As the country continues on its path of democratization, the process of energy transition should underscore employment, enhance the role of local authorities and conducting energy-relevant surveys and opinion polls.
France Moves From EU Defense to European Defense
France Moves From EU Defense to European DefenseWhile the EU is celebrating PESCO, Paris is preparing for closer defense cooperation outside the union
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
DGAPviewpoint 16, 2017, 2 pages
Two parallel developments are currently taking place in European defense. One is the highly publicised expectation that the tiny Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) will transform into a comprehensive and powerful EU defense project. The second development is receiving far less attention. Paris is launching defense cooperation initiatives outside the EU format, thus moving from an EU-focused to a European-oriented defense approach.
The consequences of US withdrawal from the Iran deal
The consequences of US withdrawal from the Iran deal
by Bernt Berger
The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, October 13, 2017
By 15 October, US President Donald Trump will need to choose whether to certify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal.
The Future of the European Project
The Future of the European Project
by Thierry Chopin, Jean-François Jamet
DGAPanalyse 8, September 15, 2016, 14 pp. (in German)
At the EU summit on September 16 in Bratislava, 27 heads of state and government sought to show that the European Union would be facing the future together, despite the outcome of the British referendum to leave the EU. Thierry Chopin of the Fondation Robert Schuman and economist Jean-François Jamet describe how factors that previously brought unity to the European project have fallen by the wayside. They also suggest how these can be found again.
Moving Forward with the EU-Enlargement Process (2015)
Moving Forward with the EU-Enlargement Process (2015)The TRAIN 2015 Programme’s focus on strengthening of democratic institutions in the countries of the Western Balkans
This year’s TRAIN Programme brought together think tanks from the Western Balkan region to discuss the overarching topic “Strengthening of Democratic Institutions” and its key role in European integration. The fight against corruption in state institutions, police integrity and a reform of the public administration were among the subtopics participants addressed. They presented their findings and recommendations to policy makers in Brussels as well as in their respective countries.
Reforming the G20
Reforming the G20The “Think 20 Network” makes recommendations for the 2014 G20 summit in Australia
by Katharina Gnath, Claudia Schmucker
Think20 Papers 2014, pp. 43-48
As the main international forum for economic coordination, the G20 is expected to contribute substantially to global economic stability. At its heart is the Framework for Strong, Sustainable, and Balanced Growth, by which the G20 countries have agreed to coordinate their economic policies ever more closely. Katharina Gnath and Claudia Schmucker put forward recommendations for improving monitoring in their Think20 Paper, “Strengthening the Peer Review of the G20 Mutual Assessment Process.”
From the West of the Balkans to “the Rest of the Balkans"?
From the West of the Balkans to “the Rest of the Balkans"?Croatia’s EU entry opens up opportunities for South Eastern Europe but harbors the danger of new dividing lines, too
by Theresia Töglhofer
DGAPanalyse 8, September 5, 2013, 24 pp.
Croatia is the first of the Western Balkan countries to gain entry into the European Union. It is an encouraging signal for the region’s other contenders; if they fulfill the requirements for political and economic reforms, Brussels will honor its membership promises. At the same time, however, a new border is running through the region. Particularly in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the growing distance in the EU integration process is becoming a problem. The author warns against losing sight of the regional context.
State Power within European Integration
State Power within European IntegrationOn the limits and context of Germany’s power in the Union
by Josef Janning
DGAPkompakt 1, May 14, 2013, 9 pp.
Josef Janning presents five theses on power in the European Union today. Germany is widely seen as calling the shots in the management of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis, and maybe in the EU in general. While one state’s influence within the Union is complex and contextual, state power has clearly regained prominence in the European debate. How much power have member states retained, or perhaps even won, in the process of integration? What does power in the EU look like today?
France: The Paralyzed Country
France: The Paralyzed CountryClaire Demesmay on Franco-German tensions and the economic crisis next door
by Claire Demesmay
Five Questions, May 6, 2012
The mountain of French debt continues to grow. So does unemployment. Competitiveness remains a weak point. Germany’s most important partner in the EU is in deep economic crisis. President François Hollande has now been in office for a full year, but French approval ratings for him have fallen sharply. Germans are concerned not only about the French government’s reform efforts, which are far from successful, but also by the anti-German comments coming from within Hollande’s Socialist Party.
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