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Cover: European Defense

Oct. 16, 2017

European Defense

Most recent initiatives at the EU level and by individual European countries

The Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) is a major element of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU. CSDP is not about national defense, its main task is civil and military crisis management in third countries.

Oct. 13, 2017

Helmut Kohl, former Federal Chancellor and Honorary Citizen of Europe

His work and legacy for a united Europe

In cooperation with the Representation of the State Hessen tothe European Union, the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) organized a discussion on "Helmut Kohl, former German Chancellor and honorary citizens of the EU - his work and his legacy for the united Europe". As honorary guest and long-time companion, Dr. Theo Waigel, former Minister of Finance, gave an impulse.

Cover: Bundestag election in Germany on 24 September 2017

Oct. 12, 2017

Bundestag election in Germany on 24 September 2017

The results of the 2017 Bundestag election are ambivalent. Both major parties lost support. Of the small parties, FDP and AfD were able to mobilize support, while The Greens and The Left barely experienced notable changes. The CDU/CSU union performed best, thus constituting the largest faction with the mandate to form a government – which was nothing to be taken for granted after 12 years in power. Two options are conceivable politically: a Grand Coalition and a so-called “Jamaica coalition” consisting of the Union, FDP and The Greens, as currently governs in Schleswig-Holstein.

Cover: Importance acknowledged, but no concrete answers

Oct. 2, 2017

Importance acknowledged, but no concrete answers

Digital Summit in Tallinn

The European Council Summit on 29 September 2017 in Tallinn focused on the topic of digitization, a core concern of Estonia, which now heads the EU Council Presidency.

Cover: Podcast: European and Chinese Energy Security Policy

Sep. 28, 2017

Podcast: European and Chinese Energy Security Policy

Interview with Mr. Stratos Pourzitakis | Hong Kong

The "great game" on energy and natural resources is back in geopolitics. The European Union sees the "Energy Union" as one of its main strategic objectives. China´s foreign policy is largely shaped by securing access to commodities for its further economic rise and wealth of its population. Mr. Stratos Pourzitakis, Lead Researcher at Asian Private Banker, Hong Kong, discusses future developments in Eurasian energy politics with Dr. Peter Hefele, Director KAS RECAP.

Cover: Financial Crisis in Lebanon

Aug. 30, 2017

Financial Crisis in Lebanon

Lebanon is living financial crisis conditions, which may turn into a full-fledged crisis affecting the Lebanese Lira’s exchange rate and the banking sector unless appropriate and specific actions are soon implemented by the authorities.

Cover: Japan's Hot Summer

Aug. 23, 2017

Japan's Hot Summer

There is no sign of a summer slump. The priorly largely successful LDP and Prime Minister Abe see themselves confronted with the harsh reality of electoral defeats, rapidly dropping approval ratings and political scandals. Abe and his government are severely dented; a new cabinet consisting of minister veterans is hoped to create stability. Meanwhile, the North Korean security situation threatens to esca-late.

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The country reports offer current analyses, exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts - provided by our international staff.


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