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

Macron is Gambling Away EU Influence in Balkans
by Daniela Schwarzer, Milan Nič, Shahin Vallée
BalkanInsight, 31 October 2019
France’s obstinate opposition to enlargement has put the EU’s remaining influence on its own doorstep – and its ability to shape strategic development and stability in Southeast Europe – in jeopardy.
Ursula von der Leyen’s To-Do List
In the new Commission, inter-institutional relations should form a commissioner’s full portfolio
by Daniela Schwarzer
Ursula von der Leyen’s To-Do List
One of incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's top priorities is “a new push for European democracy.” Strengthening the EU's democratic legitimacy will require her to make sure that the EU delivers on citizens’ expectations, including by cooperating constructively with the European Parliament.
Category: Institutions of the EU, Europe
Looking beyond Sibiu
EU cooperation can move forward – flexibly
by Julian Rappold, Daniela Schwarzer
DGAPstandpunkt 14, May 7, 2019, 3 pp.
Looking beyond Sibiu
The European Council meeting in Sibiu on 9 May was intended to boost the European Union two weeks ahead of the European parliamentary election, and in the wake of the original March Brexit date. However, divided amongst themselves, the EU leaders are shying away from notable commitments even though citizens’ support for the EU has actually increased. The likely limited results of Sibiu reflect the current state of the EU, but do not necessarily determine its future after the election.
Category: European Union, Elections
Is Trump Wrong About NATO?
Judy asks Daniela Schwarzer and other experts
by Daniela Schwarzer
Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe Blog, July 11, 2018, Carnegie Europe
As part of her “Strategic Europe” blog for Carnegie Europe’s website, Judy Dempsey asked a selection of foreign and security policy experts, including the DGAP’s Director Daniela Schwarzer, wether Trump is wrong about NATO.
Category: NATO
America Is More Than Trump
Europe Should Defend the Iran Deal without Burning Bridges to the US
by Thomas Gomart, Robin Niblett, Daniela Schwarzer, Nathalie Tocci
DGAPviewpoint 13, 2018, 2 pp.
America Is More Than Trump
In a bid to salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal, European leaders this week moved to protect European companies from the possible fallout of US sanctions against Iran. The steps taken to ensure commerce with Iran – among them the activation of the 1996 blocking statute – risk further alienation from the US. However, the EU will only be able to negotiate effectively with the US over Iran if it develops its own strategy. Fighting for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is a place to start.
Category: Security, Iran
Cautiously Ambitious
German Government Sets the Right Tone for Strong EU Policies
by Daniela Schwarzer
DGAPkompakt 5 (March 2018), 5 pp.
Cautiously Ambitious
Angela Merkel is set to form a new government as the Social Democrats accepted a coalition with the CDU/CSU. Their coalition deal pushes for closer European integration alongside EU reform and strong German-French relations. It continues the paradigm of post-war German foreign relations by focusing on partnerships. At the same time, this paradigm is under threat: Both the EU and US relations have become less certain. Germany needs to proceed with ambition – and caution. The deal is a good start.
Category: Germany
The World is at the Brink - and the West doesn’t know what to do about it
Observations from the 2018 Munich Security Conference
by Daniela Schwarzer, Henning Hoff
DGAPviewpoint 3 (February 2018), 4 p.
The World is at the Brink - and the West doesn’t know what to do about it
The risk of interstate conflict has never been this high since 1989. A tense international security situation set the tone for this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC). What’s worse: Neither Europe nor the United States seem to have any plan to address the threats facing them both. There isn’t much time left: Germans and Europeans must become more strategically capable, active and innovative to succeed in the new systemic conflict and help reduce instability.
Category: International Policy/Relations
An Institutional Framework for a Reformed Eurozone
by Daniela Schwarzer
First published in: Alexander Schellinger / Philipp Steinberg (eds.), The Future of the Eurozone, Transcript 2017, p. 145-159. Reproduced with kind permission of transcript Verlag: DOI (Chapter): https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839440810-009.
Category: Economy and Finance
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