Dr. Daniela Schwarzer


Areas of Expertise

  • German and European foreign policy
  • European institutions
  • EU political and economic affairs
  • 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

A Test for Europe’s German Anchor
by Daniela Schwarzer
Project Syndicate, 26. September 2017
While Germany’s center has held, its policy consensus is about to be tested. With the far-right AfD party in the Bundestag, the German public will be exposed to more radical positions on foreign affairs than have been heard in the country in over a generation.
Category: European Union, Germany
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
Germany’s Bridging Role
Daniela Schwarzer’s views on Poland and the European Union’s next phase
by Daniela Schwarzer, Milan Nič
Germany’s Bridging Role
Listen to the podcast of Milan Nič’s interview with Daniela Schwarzer, director of the DGAP, on Trump’s July visit to Warsaw and the dilemmas that Poland faces today in the European Union.
Category: European Union, Poland, Germany, France
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
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