- Dr. Daniela Schwarzer
Areas of Expertise
- German and European foreign policy
- European institutions
- EU political and economic affairs
- Transatlantic relations
Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-25
Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-32
Dr. Daniela Schwarzer has been Otto Wolff Director of the DGAP’s Research Institute since November 2016.
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.
- Assessing the 2017 Munich Security Conference
- The liberal order is under unprecedented pressure
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- With Britain Leaving, Europe Will Need to Quickly Carry On
- Yesterday’s vote for Britain to leave the Union places the EU before a stark challenge, in the midst of trying times. The fundamental challenge to the European Union comes at a time at which multiple, interlinked crises have already shaken much of what the EU was at what now seems to be the peak of integration following the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. Although the shock goes deep, now is the time to keep a cool head, be pragmatic, and refocus on European ambition.
- Category: European Union, United Kingdom
- Obama’s Message to a Sober Germany
- As US President Barack Obama today delivers the opening speech at the world’s largest industrial fair in Hannover, he will find a very different country than the one he saw upon his campaign visit in 2008. From the heights of excitement when Obama took office in 2009 to the depths of outrage when the NSA affair broke in 2013, Germany’s view of Washington today is sobered.
- Category: Transatlantic Relations, Germany, United States of America
- Why Obama Couldn’t Rescue US-German Relations
- Tensions between the two countries aren’t about who holds the presidency. They’re about what Germans see as deep divisions on fundamental values.
- Category: Transatlantic Relations, United States of America
- Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop
- Without institutional reform the euro area is threatened with a lost decade
- The euro area seems to have weathered the worst of the crises, but longer-term problems now threaten the currency union. Steps must be taken to avoid a decade of stagnant economic growth, even if none of the policymakers involved are eager to discuss them.
- Category: Economy and Currency, Economy and Finance, Europe