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Cover: Ten Myths Used to Justify Russian Policy in the Ukraine Crisis

June 23, 2014

Ten Myths Used to Justify Russian Policy in the Ukraine Crisis

The political upheaval in Ukraine has placed territorial and social cohesion, as well as the country’s financial and economic viability, at stake. The events in Crimea have recently made clear that this critical destabilising effect primarily emanates from pro-Russian forces or actions by Russia itself. The arguments used by the Kremlin to justify their actions have proven to be incorrect on closer examination. A number of Russian arguments have been met with understanding. The following description therefore serves to debunk the Russian government’s main arguments as myths.

Cover: More Subsidiarity in Europe – but in the Right Place!

Feb. 4, 2014

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.

Cover: Global Megatrends (II): Demographic Change

Nov. 5, 2013

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.

Cover: Global Megatrends (I): Global Power Shifts

Nov. 5, 2013

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.

Cover: Security and Development in the Sahel

Oct. 31, 2013

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.

Cover: NATO-Brazil Relations

Oct. 21, 2013

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.

Cover: Germany’s Foreign Policy and the "Energiewende"

Oct. 8, 2013

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.

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