According to some German media reports, old cracks between finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble and his boss Angela Merkel have reappeared. It’s a déjà vu moment all over again, as the two powerful euro crisis managers seem to disagree on the best way forward in Greece. The country that triggered the first existential crisis of the …Read More

A Past Fellow at AICGS and the current director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Almut Möller has recently published an analysis of the European Union’s reform debate and the challenges it poses. Möller argues that, with member states’—and candidate states’—varying expectations from …Read More

As Catherine Ashton, the first High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, transitions out of her position, she is enabling her successor to create a comprehensive document outline of foreign policy challenges and their impact on the EU’s strategy. Detailing four such challenges in his recent essay published in Judy Dempsey’s …Read More

The German foreign policy apparatus is on the verge of change, predicts Michael Inacker, an AICGS Board of Trustees Member. Germany’s increasingly distanced relationships with long-time allies, including the United States, France, and the European Union, is a cause for concern on its own. However, this trend is joined by deficient or absent strategies toward …Read More

AICGS’ conference on “EU Membership for Turkey: Endless Negotiations?” on February 7, 2014, featured panelists from Turkey, Germany, and the UK, including Ambassador Dr. Heinrich Kreft, Deputy Director General for International Academic and Educational Relations and Dialogue among Civilizations at the German Foreign Ministry. This conference was the second part of a trilateral dialogue on Turkey in cooperation with the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, and the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) in Potsdam, Germany.

Man konnte es in Berlin beobachten. Als der Economist im Sommer 2013 in einer aufwendigen Titelgeschichte Deutschland als „zögerlichen Hegemon“ bezeichnete, fühlte sich die deutsche Außenpolitik seltsam geschmeichelt. Natürlich wurde in offiziellen Reaktionen die Assoziation zwischen Deutschland und „Hegemon“ als nicht passend zu einer „Kultur der Zurückhaltung“ (Guido Westerwelle) zurückgewiesen. Aber in vielen Hintergrundgesprächen schwang …Read More

Miles’ Law of Administration, “Where you stand depends on where you sit“, seems to take a new twist when it comes to the EU’s Enlargement policy. Given the physical relocation of the European Commission’s Directorate-General (DG) for Enlargement from a central location to a spot at the fringes of the city’s EU quarter, one might …Read More

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger sits down with AICGS President Dr. Jack Janes to talk about Germany’s international responsibility in foreign and security policy. An AICGS Trustee and Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Ischinger emphasizes improving domestic and European security governance. Indeed, both existing and proposed institutions must focus on constructive cooperation with the United …Read More

Replete with tough truths, this article by Clemens Wergin, foreign editor of Die Welt, argues that internet-age globalization has brought quick consequences for bad governance. As Europe ages rapidly and shirks foreign policy action, the future of Europe depends on decision-makers’ ability to overcome national obsessions, such as Germany’s economically damaging turn away from nuclear …Read More

In the final lead-up to the German elections on September 22, Andrei Markovits and Joesph Klaver look at how Europe features in the campaign.  Although Germany wields immense economic power in Europe, a discussion of the effects of Germany’s policies on its European neighbors has been missing in the debate.  This article originally appeared in …Read More