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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, Facts & Findings, February 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, Facts & Findings, February 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, Facts & Findings, January 2017 more...

Immigration as Survival Strategy

An Interjection
During the 25-year period from 1991 to 2015, an estimated 23.7 million people immigrated to Germany while 18.7 emigrated, immigrants therefore outnumbering emigrants by some five million. The fact that Germany’s population only experienced a modest increase from 81 to around 82 million during the same period is mainly due to deaths exceeding births by a good three million, which means that the immigrants made up for the falling birth rate to a considerable extent. Meinhard Miegel, International Reports, December 2016 more...

Programmed Explosion?

The Potential Consequences of the Rapid Population Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa
The African sub-Saharan countries are demographically a special case. In the course of the 20ᵗʰ century population has admittedly also grown in other areas of the world, but this process did not take place anywhere near as rapidly as in these states. If the population boom of the 20ᵗʰ century should be followed by a second one in the 21ˢᵗ century, its impacts would not stay limited to the African continent alone. Serge Michailof, International Reports, December 2016 more...

The Better Democracy.

Principles for a representative order
Democracies are very demanding in terms of the necessary prerequisites and can be organised in a variety of ways. In this brochure, we have set out the principles for a representative parliamentary democracy that we believe make for the better democracy. Our purpose is to promote a representative parliamentary democracy. Franziska Fislage, Karsten Grabow, Nico Lange, Tobias Montag, Franziska Rinke, Daphne Wolter, December 2016 more...

Global Emissions Reduction - Extended Version

Motivators, Obstacles and the Role of Germany
Results of a comparative survey of experts in China, India, Russia and the USA. The report shows that there are many differences between the four countries, but also some similarities. It particularly highlights the fact that preventing climate change is still not a major motivating factor when it comes to reducing emissions. Vedrana Lemor, Jasper Eitze, Katja Kiefer, Hans-Jürgen Frieß, November 2016 more...

Global Emissions Reduction

Motivators, Obstacles and the Role of Germany
Results of a comparative survey of experts in China, India, Russia and the USA. The report shows that there are many differences between the four countries, but also some similarities. It particularly highlights the fact that preventing climate change is still not a major motivating factor when it comes to reducing emissions. Jasper Eitze, Vedrana Lemor, Hans-Jürgen Frieß, Katja Kiefer, November 2016 more...

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