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More Subsidiarity in Europe – but in the Right Place!

The principle of subsidiarity is a key building block in the architecture of the European Union because it regulates the distribution of responsibilities between the EU and its Member States, thus contributing to the democratic process. However, the crisis in the eurozone and the related measures taken at national and European levels to improve the financial and economic situation have called subsidiarity as regulated in the EU since the Treaty of Lisbon (2009) into question. Céline-Agathe Caro, Feb. 4, 2014 more...

Global Megatrends (II): Demographic Change

The ageing population and associated lack of skilled workers present a serious challenge to Europe’s competitiveness and to the sustainability of European welfare systems. Demographic change means that migration is no longer simply a security issue or a humanitarian challenge but has also become a significant economic factor. Targeted migration management also makes it possible to create closer and more extensive networks involving global growth centres. For this to happen, the European Union needs to create a common migration regime. Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker, Nov. 5, 2013 more...

Global Megatrends (I): Global Power Shifts

The economic and political rise of new powers is putting pressure on the established architecture of international institutions. As a result, informal, issue-driven forums and regional organisations are taking on an increasingly significant role. They are particularly important in their function as instruments of cooperative conflict resolution in which they contribute to safeguarding global and regional stability. It is therefore in Germany’s interest to make the most of the opportunities available. The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts, Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker, Nov. 5, 2013 more...

Security and Development in the Sahel

Recommendations for German and European Foreign and Development Policies
In the course of the past year, the Sahel has developed into a regional crisis trouble spot, which will continue to affect Europe even once the current conflict in Mali has been resolved. Ethnic conflicts are weakening the region, thereby providing fertile ground for extremist groups and their terrorist activities. This paper proposes recommendations for action for German foreign policy, based mainly on the developments in Mali. Andrea Kolb, Oct. 31, 2013 more...

NATO-Brazil Relations

Limits of a Partnership Policy
This paper assesses the potential of a partnership between NATO and Brazil, based on interviews with over twenty high-level experts on Brazilian foreign policy. Because building international partnerships has become a vital task of NATO and since Brazil is seeking to increase its influence in global politics, senior NATO officials have called for the Alliance to reach out to Brazil. The paper argues that NATO would be unlikely to succeed in establishing a genuine partnership with Brazil because Brasília’s foreign policy-makers envision a world order different from that for which NATO stands. Robert Helbig, Oct. 21, 2013 more...

Germany’s Foreign Policy and the "Energiewende"

Action Areas and Approaches
The manner in which the implementation of Germany’s transformation of the energy system (Energiewende) is being achieved is characterised by a considerable dynamic. There are no blueprints for Germany to refer to. In addition, this shift in energy policy is taking place at a time of great economic and thus geopolitical change in the global energy landscape. Christian Hübner, Oct. 8, 2013 more...

European Island Solutions as a Basis for Strengthening European Defence Capabilities?

For the first time since 2003, a session of the European Council dedicated to European defence and security policy will take place. The fact that the heads of state and government will be addressing this subject matter will provide a significant opportunity to give new impetus to concepts – which up to now have in many ways been lacking – for the project of strengthening Europe’s defence capabilities at the very highest political level. One approach that could potentially produce significant progress involves the concept of “island solutions”. Maik Zarandi, Sep. 30, 2013 more...