European Union

Russia’s New Challenge to Europe

As it becomes clear that Russia is forging a new geopolitical landscape in Eastern Europe, Europe and the United States have grappled with the question of their response to this unexpected development. AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Ulrich Speck argues that the West must first accept that, despite two decades spent with open arms,… Read more >

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Unthinkable, Kenneth Pollack


Just as we confront the sudden current challenges in Ukraine, an analysis of the ongoing confrontation with Iran over its nuclear strategies appears to highlight both the possibilities and limits of negotiations in crisis. Kenneth Pollack’s new book, Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy (Simon and Schuster, 2013), points at both… Read more >

From the AICGS Bookshelf: The Passage to Europe, Luuk van Middelaar


The effort to create a European community of nations and peoples is one of the most important experiments in world history. On a continent shaped by war and conflict for centuries, the past sixty years stand out as tribute to the ongoing commitment to building the European Union we know today. Understanding… Read more >

The State of the (European) Union


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… Read more >

Who Owns the EU Reform Debate?

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… Read more >

A Few Fundamentals of EU Foreign Policy


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… Read more >

Germany, Comfortable Alone

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… Read more >

EU Membership for Turkey: Endless Negotiations?

Feb 07

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.

Deutschland, Allein zu Haus

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… Read more >

Enlargement and Estrangement in Brussels

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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… Read more >