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European Hegemon or Transatlantic Free Rider? Contending Perceptions of German Foreign Policy


AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Christian Tuschhoff examines the opposing viewpoints toward Germany in the context of its role in the European Union and NATO. Many partner nations are criticizing Germany for putting its national interests above common goals. According to Dr. Tuschhoff, Germany must do more to assuage these partner nations’ concerns.

Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose

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The initial German media reaction to Francois Hollande’s election in France has been a mixture of caution, concern and criticism. Hollande’s first trip as President to Berlin next week is being billed as a showdown with Chancellor Merkel, with battle lines drawn over German and French arguments over how to restore growth… Read more >

Cornelia Künzel

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Ms. Künzel is an AICGS Visiting Fellow in May 2012 working on a project entitled, ‘‘The support for the USA by the EU member states in the Iraq crisis 2003,” an analysis of comparative foreign and security policy.  After September 11, 2001, when ‘‘rogue nations“ like Iraq came into the focus of… Read more >

Is the Arab Spring a Turning Point in EU-Turkey Relations?

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Many thought the Arab Spring would be a turning point not only across the Middle East region, but also in relations with its neighbors.  Rana Deep Islam argues that the time is ripe for greater EU-Turkey cooperation in addressing ongoing risks — including international terrorism, the spread of WMD, and organized crime. … Read more >

The Arab Awakening One Year On: A European Perspective

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In early 2011, the debate in the European Union about the repercussions of the Arab awakening that started in late 2010 and continues to this day was largely framed in terms of opportunities rather than risks. The prospect of democracy finally making headway in one of the most static regions of the… Read more >

“A Small but Fine Piece” – More Small than Fine

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Freytag takes a look at the outcome of this week’s EU summit in Brussels. According to Prof. Dr. Freytag, while the agreement of a fiscal pact by 25 of the 27 EU member states was good news, European leaders once again failed to address several key issues of the crisis.

Iran: Through the Looking Glass


As tensions rise over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the European Union has ratcheted up its pressure on Iran with an oil embargo. Tehran is now threatening with an embargo of its own, while the United States leaves its threat of military action on the table and Israel worries about the clock running out of time to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Is 2012 the year where war becomes inevtiable? And what can Germany or the EU do to prevent it?

Merkel’s Summit


Rarely has one of the recent European crisis summits had as little impact on the public mood as the one just concluded in Brussels on Monday of this week. Reactions to the decision on the tight fiscal pact were generally muted. Most commentators on both sides of the Atlantic described the results… Read more >

Ten Years of WTO Doha Negotiations: New Impetus Required

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In this report, Oliver Wieck proposes a new impetus to overcome the ongoing deadlock in the WTO Doha negotiations. German industry has a huge interest in a strong multilateral trading system with bilateral free trade agreements offering additional market opening. The recent initiative between the EU and the USA to intensify the economic ties could not only boost genuine transatlantic market opening but should also set a clear signal to the new economic powers like China, Brasil and India to join the “Club of Free Traders”.

Downgrades and Default


In his essay Downgrades and Default, Alexander Privitera explains that while last week’s European downgrades may not have roiled markets, they have some European leaders fuming. Though some European politicians have begun pointing fingers across the Atlantic for the recent rating cuts, according to Mr. Privitera, the problem lies within Europe itself. Until an effective plan for dealing with Greece is put forth, the euro zone crisis will continue.