Dr. Claudia Schmucker

Head of Program, Globalization and World Economy Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Global trade policy
  • Globalization and the world economy
  • G7/G20
  • International economic organizations (WTO, IMF)
  • Transatlantic economic relations
  • European foreign trade policy




Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-26
Email: schmucker@dgap.org

The Globalization and World Economy Program currently does not offer internships. 

Claudia Schmucker has been head of the DGAP's Globalization and World Economy Program since 2002. She has published extensively on European and transatlantic trade policy, the world trade organization (WTO) and the Doha Round as well as on the role of informal global forums such as the G7 and the G20

She studied at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität in Bonn, at Elmira College in New York state, and at Yale University. She holds an MA in North American studies and a PhD in economics from the Freie Universität, Berlin.


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Selected Publications

What to Expect – and Not Expect – at the Upcoming G7 Summit in Biarritz
by Claudia Schmucker
Fünf Fragen, 21. August 2019
What to Expect – and Not Expect – at the Upcoming G7 Summit in Biarritz
French President Emmanuel Macron hosts the 45th G7 summit in Biarritz on August 24-26, 2019. The “Group of 7” is an important informal meeting of seven large industrial countries, including France, the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Japan. The forum addresses global challenges such as trade, foreign policy, and climate change. Claudia Schmucker explains why the issues of climate and trade may hamper a joint final communiqué.
Trade at the Time of Protectionism: Why the G20 Can Help
by Claudia Schmucker
Dossier of ISPI, 26. Juni 2019
International trade is facing many risks, according to the WTO trade forecast of September 2018. Among these are rising trade tensions and global protectionism, as well as increased financial volatility as developed economies tighten their monetary policy. Consequently, the WTO downgraded world merchandise trade growth to 3.9% (2018) and 3.7% (2019) respectively.
Making America Great Again versus Made in China
The US Geo-Economic Rivalry with China
by Claudia Schmucker, Stormy-Annika Mildner
DGAPanalysis 2, 2019, 60 pp.
Making America Great Again versus Made in China
The trade conflict between the United States and China is a severe threat to the world economy. While the debate over the effectiveness of tariffs is at a steady boil in the United States, the EU is opposed to tariffs as a means for dealing with China. Although serious issues with China must be addressed – such as dumping and subsidization – tariffs will make the United States neither more competitive nor secure.
Category: Trade
Sustaining Multilateralism in a Multipolar World
What France and Germany Can Do to Preserve the Multilateral Order
by Claire Demesmay, Claudia Schmucker, Elvire Fabry, Carole Mathieu, Eric-André Martin
Notes du Cerfa, No. 148, Ifri, June 2019, Claire Demesmay, Barbara Kunz, (ed.), 32 pp.
Sustaining Multilateralism in a Multipolar World
While international multilateralism is under strain, it is vital for France and Germany to defend it, since it is the most appropriate system for preserving their interests – particularly in terms of welfare, security, prosperity and environmental protection. Against this backdrop, three political fields offer opportunities for joint initiatives: trade, conventional arms control and climate change.
A Chance to Calm the Trade War
G20 Summit in Argentina
by Claudia Schmucker
DGAPviewpoint 21, 2018, 2 pp. First published in the Global Policy Journal (10/31/2018).
A Chance to Calm the Trade War
Ten years after the G20 held its first ever summit, the informal group is meeting for the first time in South America. But can the closely watched gathering calm tensions amid the escalating trade war?
Category: G8/G20, Argentina
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
Experts from the German Council on Foreign Relations offer case studies
by Josef Braml, Claire Demesmay, Dina Fakoussa, Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wilfried Jilge, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Stefan Meister, Christian Mölling, Jana Puglierin, Henning Riecke, Claudia Schmucker, Daniela Schwarzer, Svenja Sinjen, Sebastian Sons, Sarah Wohlfeld
DGAPkompakt 7, Summer 2017, 42 pp.
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
A new German government will take office after the elections on September 24, 2017. DGAP experts outline in 12 separate areas the foreign policy goals Germany should pursue (and with which partners).
Category: International Policy/Relations, Germany
Bye-Bye America, Konnichiwa Japan
Chancellor Merkel: The leading defender against Trump’s mercantilist trade
by Claudia Schmucker
Handelsblatt Global, July 13, 2015 (posted with kind permission.)
Bye-Bye America, Konnichiwa Japan
Given Donald Trump's insistence on "America First," Germany and Europe must deepen other trading relationships, from Asia to Latin America and down under, write Axel Berger and Claudia Schmucker in Handelsblatt Global.
Category: Economy and Finance, Globalization, Etappensieg gegen den IS, Worldwide
Dark clouds over free trade in G20
by Claudia Schmucker
First published by Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, 4 April 2017
President Trump’s “America First” rhetoric has eroded support for the commitments that leaders made at previous G20 summits regarding trade: rejecting protectionism and strengthening the multilateral trading system. What implications does this have for global trade? Will the more moderate voices in the administration get heard?
First They Came for the TPP
President-elect Donald Trump has suggested alarming changes to American trade policy
by Claudia Schmucker, Rachel Herp-Tausendfreund
First They Came for the TPP
It’s still too early to say which of American President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises will actually become policy – but with TPP, TTIP, China, and NAFTA all in the cross hairs, significant change is almost certain. Here’s how a few scenarios on the future of trade might play out.
Brexit changes the EU’s trade dynamics: don’t expect progress
by Claudia Schmucker
Europe's World, Autumn 2016
Once Britain leaves the European Union, there will be consequences for the EU as a trading power. Britain was, in 2015, the world’s fifth-largest economy and Europe’s second-largest. It was tenth-biggest exporter of merchandise, and second-biggest of commercial services.
Category: European Union, United Kingdom, Europe