The Munich Consensus and the Purpose of German Power

The Munich consensus has not radically transformed German foreign policy, but it has started an evolution. Germany is showing signs of strategic leadership in the international sphere.  It must now reflect carefully about the preconditions for its economic wealth and act to reform the liberal international order in such a way that it can be sustained without disruption by major-power conflict. View

Misconceptions about German Business and Russia

Dr. Marcus Felsner, President of the Eastern Europe Business Association of Germany, dispels the popularly held belief that German businesses have a "special affiliation" with Russia. The new generations of German business leaders are guided mostly by the allure of profits and competition. In the open market, he writes, there is no space for unprofitable German-Russian sentimentality. View

TTIP for Beginners

What is TTIP? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, first proposed in 2013, is meant to open market access for businesses across the Atlantic, enhance regulatory cooperation and set international standards. TTIP was introduced as being a progressive partnership, but many skeptics on both sides of the Atlantic see it as a race to the bottom.

TTIP Review

Check out our latest project, TTIP Review, which serves as a clearinghouse for some of the most important analyses on the prospective trade and investment partnership.

Similar to our former TTIP projects, this review is meant to provide all interested citizens with diverse information about the benefits, challenges, myths and facts surrounding the proposed partnership. View

EUPOL Afghanistan: What can the EU learn?

EUPOL Afghanistan is amongst the most negatively rated police missions of the EU. Since its establishment in 2007, it has largely failed to build sustainable solutions to civil insecurity in Afghanistan. The lack of a cohesive action plan has hindered its success. The EU must learn from its mistakes if it is to become a key player in international conflict management. View


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Could TTIP Discourage Brexit?

Three years ago, during the G-8 Summit, British Prime Minister David Cameron called TTIP a "once-in-a-generation prize". Today, the negotiation of the TTIP is being called into question by the British referendum and a potential Brexit from the EU. The main question is whether Britain could allow itself to lose its trade competitiveness by exiting the common European market at a time when domestic economic growth rates are in decline? View

The Implications of TPP for TTIP

Given the discriminative nature of the TPP on non-participants, the signing of the agreement on February 4, 2016 will augment pressure on the EU to accelerate their own path to finalizing a transatlantic trade deal. Notwithstanding the strong opposition to the TTIP, negotiations are poised to produce an ambitious deal in line with US preferences and allow the EU to consolidate its leading position within global markets thereby reducing the potential pernicious effects of TPP. View

The Sunni Genocide in Syria

The Sunni population in Syria is facing extermination. Obama’s policy of non-intervention has allowed Shia militias to proliferate and facilitated their expansion into previously Sunni controlled areas. The missed opportunity for democracy means that crucial safeguards against genocide have been dismantled. It is certain that the Sunni communities will suffer from the consequences stemming from domestic repression and global inaction. View

EU has to Prevent Cooperation between Boko Haram and IS

Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State increases the possibility of international joint attacks that could destabilize North Africa and the Sahel. This could dramatically worsen the already overwhelming immigration crisis for the EU. In order to counter these threats, the EU must form a coalition and prepare to intervene in Libya. This will help provide much needed stability in the region. They must act quickly to avoid catastrophic consequences. View

The Belly of the Beast: The Frightful Reality of Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s policy suggestions are eerily familiar to US isolationist policies before World War II. His “America First” ideal would not only rob US foreign relations progress but would put America’s future in jeopardy. His supporters fail to see this because he appeals to their sense of pride as Americans. If Donald Trump is one thing, it’s a very good salesman. He knows how to sell his image by focusing on issues that worry his voters. He manipulates their fears. View

Stop Blaming the West for Russia's Aggression

Adam Reichardt, Editor in Chief of New Eastern Europe, argues that Russia's actions in Eastern Europe should be viewed similarly to that of a bully in the schoolyard. The bully will force you to hand over your lunch money and will beat you up if you refuse to play by his rules. No one ever blames the victim (or his friends) for the bully's actions; so why are we blaming ourselves for Russian aggression? It is absurd and only proves to Putin that he is right in his assumptions that the West will not stand up for its own principles. View

Clinton Expresses Strong Support for NATO and Europe

Hillary Clinton is much more supportive of NATO and Europe than all the other presidential candidates. Yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave an impressive speech describing NATO as “one of the best investments America has ever made”. She stressed the need for US leadership and collaboration with allies in the struggle against ISIS. Bernie Sanders has yet to give a major speech on NATO. Donald Trump's opinion on NATO reflects widely held sentiments in the US. View

The Libyan Chaos: Options for the International Community

High expectations for a short-term solution in Libya are misconceived. Since the deposal of Gaddafi, the country has devolved into a diffused state of anarchy. International efforts to reconcile the Tripoli and Tobruk governments are now faltering. What is needed is more inclusive dialogue between the parties. This will empower actors in the country to find more resilient and sustainable solutions to the conflict. View

Living on the Edge: Germany and the Refugee Crisis

The European refugee crisis has occasioned a new era in German political thinking. In the face of the sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's, Germany has been forced to make some very tough decisions. Chancellor Angela Merkel has already made policy amendments regarding refugees, and many more can be expected in the near future. What was previously seen as the promised land for asylum seekers, may very well be changing, and quickly so. View

EUPOL Afghanistan: What can the EU learn?

EUPOL Afghanistan is amogst the most negatively rated police missions of the EU. While it has been successful in developing strategies for sustainable solutions to civil insecurity in Afghanistan, it has failed to have significant impact. The lack of a cohesive action plan, insufficient resources and inefficiency within the project have hindered its success. Now is the time for the EU to learn from its mistakes. This is crucial if it is to become a key player in international conflict management. View