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

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
How to Remain Relevant? Focus on International Issues!
The G20 and its contribution to growth and global governance
by Claudia Schmucker
Published June 1, 2015 by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
How to Remain Relevant? Focus on International Issues!
The G20 has developed from a successful crisis committee into a more broadly defined steering committee and agenda-setter. The recent Australian and current Turkish presidencies have refocused the agenda again on growth issues. But, in the G20’s informal context, long-standing disputes on how to achieve growth and a focus on domestic reform commitments have made progress on this issue very difficult. The G20 should resharpen its focus on international issues, where it can add value to the growth debate.
Category: Global Institutions, Western World
Germany’s G7 Presidency
Preserving the significance of the G7 means getting results based on shared values
by Claudia Schmucker, Kseniya Dziatlouskaya
DGAPkompakt 6, May 27, 2015, 4 pp. (in German)
Germany’s G7 Presidency
The G7 is often criticized for taking up topics that should be handled by the G20 and other international organizations. When it convenes at Schloss Elmau June 7–8, it should refocus attention on its role as an informal forum based on common values. The initiative to promote decent work through sustainable supply chains, organized during Germany’s presidency, offers an excellent opportunity to do this. Germany hopes members will adopt its charta for promoting sustainable business. (In German)
Category: Global Institutions, Western Europe, United States of America, Japan
TTIP: Winning Back Trust
The EU Commission should take concrete steps to address the public’s concerns
by Claudia Schmucker
DGAPstandpunkt 3 (March 2, 2015), 3 pp.
TTIP: Winning Back Trust
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, if signed, would create the world’s largest economic zone. But its supporters face a credibility problem: ever more Europeans, especially Germans, see in TTIP a threat to their way of life, and to democracy – a “secret treaty” that protects corporate interests while undermining high European standards for the environment, health and consumer protection. Here are five issues the EU Commission and German government must address to win back public trust.
Category: Free Trade, Globalization, Europe, United States of America
Group with a Cause
There is no alternative to the G20, but it does need reform
by Claudia Schmucker, Katharina Gnath
DGAPkompakt 17, December 18, 2014, 4 pp.
Group with a Cause
At the moment, there is no alternative to the G20, which remains the only international forum for enabling dialogue on equal terms among both important industrial countries and emerging market economies. But greatly differing interests and circumstances among members make compromise extremely difficult, and the summits have started to lose their luster. If the G20 wants to remain an effective forum, it must be strengthened and should concentrate on international themes.
Category: G8/G20
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