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The future of the Economic and Monetary Union (II) – pressure to join?

Proposals of the European Commission for the reform of the Monetary Union and the perspective of the non-euro states
The speeches of Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Claude Juncker as well as the Reflection Paper of the European Commission on the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) discuss far-reaching proposals for the future of the Eurozone. The EU member states that do not belong to the eurozone are not only expecting positive results from the currently debated reforms of the EMU. The following paper illustrated the propsals of the European Commission reflection paper from a perspective of the non-eurp states from Central and Eastern Europe. Sebastian Płóciennik, Oct. 23, 2017 more...

A New Dynamic in European Security Policy

Thoughts on the European Commission’s Reflection Paper
The European Commission's Reflection Paper on defense and security is an example of the new dynamic in the European Union's Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). This analysis describes key elements of the Reflection Paper in the context of other current initiatives designed to strengthen CSDP, explains the reactions from various players, and outlines what remains to be done to improve European security through more effective EU cooperation. Olaf Wientzek, Patrick Keller, July 19, 2017 more...

Business as Usual in Brussels? NATO’s strategic outlook under Trump

In response to Russia's aggression, NATO has re-emphasized territorial defense and has strengthened its deterrence posture in Europe's East. Questions remain, however, regarding the credibility and durability of that posture. Further, the unstable situation in Northern Africa and the Middle East creates anxiety for European allies. With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, a dose of uncertainty about the viability of the transatlantic bond has been introduced into alliance affairs. This paper analyzes NATO's strategic situation and gives recommendations on how to proceed. Aylin Matlé, Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja, May 23, 2017 more...

Lessons from the stress test

What the EU has learned – and still needs to learn – from the refugee crisis
Over the last 20 months, the EU has come under a great deal of criticism regarding its response to the refugee crisis. From outside of Europe, the EU has been accused of a lack of political will and common purpose. However, the external criticism was exceeded by far by the opposition from some of the Member States and its exaggerated depiction as a policy of non-compliance by some of the media. Contact to the authors: Christina.Krause@kas.de; Olaf.Wientzek@kas.de Christina Catherine Krause, Olaf Wientzek, Feb. 28, 2017 more...

Christians in Syria

Current Situation and Future Outlook
Syria is said to be a secular country which guarantees religious freedom. While that has never been the case, the country’s Christians were able to live their faith without experiencing any serious problems up to 2010. Many church leaders hope that situation will return, as do many Christians. The civil war has already cost over 500,000 lives, 6.5 million Syrians are now internally displaced persons and there are almost 5 million refugees. The number of Christians has dropped by half. They have fled the war, the regime and the Islamists. Will they return to Syria once the conflict is over? Otmar Oehring, Feb. 7, 2017 more...

Glimmer of hope for the Common Security and Defence Policy

One of the priorities of the EU is a commitment to enhanced cooperation in the area of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The process initiated in September 2016 to further strengthen the CSDP includes pragmatic measures. In view of the security policy challenges the EU is facing, the proposals only represent a small step in the long run. Further steps in both institutional and operational terms are required to turn the CSDP into an effective instrument. Olaf Wientzek, Jan. 26, 2017 more...

Zika and Ebola: What we should learn from health crises

Health crises such as Ebola and Zika will be the rule rather than the exception. The international community should adapt to this reality and implement the far-reaching reforms developed after the Ebola crisis. It would be a mistake to orient reforms in global health policy too strictly on an Ebola-specific scenario. Zika has shown that every health crisis presents different challenges. Germany has assumed a leadership role in global health policy in recent years and can make a significant contribution with its partners to strengthen the international health architecture. Daniela Braun, Jan. 26, 2017 more...