The murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow has added another dimension to the German debate over relations with Russia. The stand-off between the opposition and Putin’s sympathizers has intensified— and it should. There is much at stake, and there is a need to maintain a firm grip on a compass. Nemtsov’s killing follows …Read More

Part of AICGS’ project on a “Trilateral Dialogue between Germany, the U.S., and Turkey: Turkey’s EU Accession – Endless Negotiations?” this Issue Brief seeks to assess the future of Turkey’s relations with the EU and Germany in light of developments in the EU, security concerns in the Middle East, and domestic politics in Turkey. Download …Read More

Last year, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier requested a review of Germany’s foreign policy by a wide range of German and non-German foreign policy experts. The results of that review are to be presented this week in Berlin. After Steinmeier pronounced that Germany needs to steer its policy to be engaged “earlier, more decisively, and …Read More

As the new Greek government begins to reconcile its populist message with the harsh realities of governing, AICGS Business and Economics Director Alexander Privitera analyzes the implications for the euro. “Tsipras should have listened to the ECB president more carefully in recent weeks. Draghi made clear that given the junk status of Greek sovereign debt, …Read More


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

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