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The Emerging Transpacific Partnership: Chance or Threat for the EU?

The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the German government. Preface Following the Obama administration’s announcement of its pivot toward Asia, there has been a great deal of debate about what this strategic shift means for the transatlantic relationship. The Transpacific Partnership (TPP)… Read more >

Europe’s Pivotal Week


This was truly a remarkable week for Europe. It opened with Franco-German festivities in Berlin celebrating fifty years of the Elysee treaty. It continued with UK Prime Minister David Cameron pitching his vision for the continent and the need to allow Britons to have a referendum on EU membership in 2017. Finally,… Read more >

End of Year Summitry


The European Union’s end of year summit delivered what amounts to solid progress: there is a deal on a banking union and the European central bank will in fact become the single supervisor for all European financial institutions. Of course, a lot of details still need to be worked out. For those… Read more >

An Exercise in External Reconciliation


With the EU accepting its Peace and Reconciliation Nobel Prize, it is worth a look at an example of the EU using its reconciliation experience, specifically  in the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This essay by Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Society, Culture & Politics Program, entitled From Internal Reconciliation to External Reconciliation? … Read more >

The Comprehensive Approach in Euro-Atlantic Security

The transformation of the international arena in the last two decades and the respective revisions of international conflict management have made the realignment of traditional security concepts possible and necessary. With the widening of the notion of security, conceptual approaches within the international community to handle the new conflict management challenges altered… Read more >

Scenarios for the Future of the EU: Disintegrating, Diffident or Decisive?

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Three Scenarios As the U.S. recalibrates its relationship with the EU in the second Obama administration, it behooves observers to contemplate different trajectories for the EU’s future. The three possible scenarios of Disintegrating Europe, Diffident Europe, and Decisive Europe range from a pessimistic outlook to an optimistic one. In Disintegrating Europe, current… Read more >

At Issue Interview: Martin Schulz

In this latest installment of the AICGS At Issue Interview Series, AICGS Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera sat down with Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and member of the Social Democratic Party, to discuss the issues currently facing Europe on both the political and financial fronts. With a specific focus on… Read more >

The Real Value of the EU for Britain is Geopolitical

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In this recent analysis originally published by the European Council on Foreign Relations, Ulrich Speck examines British membership in the European Union. Due to the mounting uncertainty surrounding the common currency, which has also called the continent’s economic future into question, many in Britain are calling for an end to UK membership… Read more >

Resolving relations with Kosovo is a key obstacle to Serbia joining the EU

An excerpt from the original publication with the London School of Economics: “Serbia was awarded EU candidacy status at the beginning of this year. Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik and Alexander Wochnik write that while recognition of Kosovo’s independence is not a formal requirement for Serbia’s membership of the EU, the ruling Serbian Renewal Party has… Read more >

It’s Not Only the Economy: Germany’s role in averting a Western meltdown


Download Policy Report The observed capital flows out of distressed countries into countries that are seen as “safe harbors” have in fact resulted in historically low yields of German and U.S. government bonds and helped the respective government budgeting. However, the current trading levels are unlikely to be sustainable and should not… Read more >