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Dr. Thomas Mehlhausen is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in February and March 2015 and a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at the University of Potsdam. He works on the constitutionalization and widening of the European Union. At  AICGS, Dr. Mehlhausen will carry out the research project “The Future of the European Neighborhood Policy of the European Union.” …Read More

Ulrich Speck

Ulrich Speck is a foreign policy analyst based in Heidelberg and Brussels. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and writes a foreign policy column for a Swiss newspaper, Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Speck worked for a number of German media outlets, was head of the newsroom at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty …Read More

Opening Plenary of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009: Vladimir Putin

The debate in Germany about policy toward Russia is generating a critical mass of competing perspectives and prescriptions. It may be one of the more important foreign-policy arguments at a time when Germans are wrestling with their global role and responsibilities. A recent open letter signed by many prominent German figures was published calling for …Read More

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s speech in Brisbane following the G20 meeting made headlines for two main reasons: for publicly confronting Putin in the toughest manner to date, and for signaling the need for all of Europe to stand with her against Russian aggression. The top European political leader, who has spent the most time with Vladimir …Read More

After the hustle and bustle of the capital city, our train passed through the countryside. Small family farms with goats abutted a busy railway. Our destination also lay in between the pastoral and the modern—the Hungarian city of Kecskemét is host to not only a new factory that produces the latest Mercedes cars, but also …Read More

Adequate ECB Policy Reduces Risks For five years, many German academics and the mass media have warned that the unconventional policies of the European Central Bank (ECB) would lead to higher inflation. Year after year, the facts have proven them wrong. Inflation has fallen to just 0.3 percent for the euro zone instead. Even Germany …Read More

“Your objective is to make Europe a world leader in information and communication technology, with all the tools to succeed in the global digital economy and society. […] To do so, we will need to break down national silos in telecoms regulation, in copyright and data protection legislation, and in the management of radio waves.” …Read More

The latest monetary decisions made by the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB) are keeping analysts very busy. The two key questions central bank watchers are grappling with are: Is the Fed going to tighten monetary policies earlier than expected and will the ECB be forced to enact a broad program of …Read More

How mobile are workers in the euro currency area? Everyone directly or indirectly involved in devising, designing, and implementing the single European currency had to deal with this question in great depth, with good reason. According to Robert Mundell, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, one of the elementary characteristics of an optimum currency …Read More

About a year ago, markets were experiencing serious taper tantrums. At the time, ECB President Mario Draghi proudly defended the fact that unwinding outright asset purchases, and therefore reducing its huge balance sheet, was only a challenge for the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed), and not for the euro zone. Indeed, at the time, European banks …Read More

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