Facts & Findings

aus der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung


The Central Mediterranean Route

by Dustin Dehez, Franziska Stahl

Proposals for a more effective strategy to combat people smuggling
The movement of refugees across the Mediterranean will remain at its current high level in the coming years. A military mission of the European Union will only marginally reduce people smuggling across the Mediterranean because it fails to address the demand for such smuggling. Any move to tackle the causes of refugee movements requires the strengthening of the weak states involved.


From Wales to Warsaw: A New Normal for NATO?

by Aylin Matlé, Aylin Matlé, Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja, Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja

The crises on NATO´s Eastern and Southern flank persist and have permanently changed the security environment in Europe. After the immediate measures included in the Readiness Action Plan agreed to at last year´s Summit in Wales, the political guidance marks the first step of NATO´s long-term adaptation to this “new normal”.The preparation of the political guidance has reopened the old debate between territorial defense (“Easterners”) and crisis management (“Southerners”) and considerably strained the cohesion of the Alliance.


The UK’S EU Referendum - What can the EU do to prevent a Brexit?

by Céline-Agathe Caro, Hans-Hartwig Blomeier, Lucas Schramm

The referendum on the UK’s possible exit from the EU is primarily a result of the domestic policies and election strategies of the Cameron government. The member states and institutions of the EU need to take the British government’s demands for reform seriously. An honest and constructive dialogue is vital at this point, as there is a very real danger that the UK may leave the EU.


Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean

by Carlo Masala, Tim Tepel, Konstantinos Tsetsos

For Greater German Engagement in the Ocean of the 21st Century
The globally most significant maritime choke points, namely the Gulf of Aden, the Suez Canal, the Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Malacca, are situated in the Indian Ocean. The security challenges in the region – ranging from failing states to rivalry between major powers – pose ongoing threats to maritime security and free passage through maritime choke points. Germany’s prosperity depends on unrestricted international sea trade and unimpeded access to raw material markets. Ensuring maritime security in the Indian Ocean is therefore in Germany’s fundamental interest.


Aufruf zu einer „Ökologie des Menschen”

by Karlies Abmeier

Die Enzyklika „Laudato si’” – ein einordnender Hintergrund
Am 18. Juni 2015 wurde die Enzyklika „Laudato si’” vorgestellt. Sie war lange erwartet worden, überraschte aber durch ihren Ton, den umfassenden Ansatz und ihren Willen zur politischen Stellungnahme. Denn darin sind sich die meisten Kommentatoren einig: Hier spricht ein politischer Papst. In der Einordnung der Reaktionen auf die Enzyklika lassen sich mehrere Stränge unterscheiden: die Diskussion um die naturwissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse über den Klimawandels, die Auseinandersetzung mit seinen wirtschaftspolitischen Einlassungen und der Aufruf zu einer ganzheitlichen Ökologie des Menschen.


Spannungsfeld Föderalismus – Die Situation der Universitäten in Kanada

by Gangolf Braband

Der Hochschulföderalismus steht wieder zur Debatte, auch vor dem Hintergrund der Aufhebung des „Kooperationsverbots“ im Hochschulbereich. Die zugrunde liegende politische Dynamik ist nicht nur ein Thema des deutschen Föderalismus, sondern findet sich ebenso in anderen föderal organisierten Staaten wieder, deren Erfahrungen auch für den deutschen Hochschulföderalismus von Interesse sind. Das föderalistische System Kanadas ist solch ein geeignetes Beispiel.


Germany’s Responsibility in International Politics (III)

by Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker

Strengthening the Capability to Act in the Security Realm
In view of the wars and conflicts in Europe and at its periphery, the debate about Germany’s new responsibility in international politics has particular resonance.But what form should Germany’s new responsibility take in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable? Which instruments should be strengthened? And what initiatives should the German government initiate and further?The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provide concrete recommendations on how and where “responsibility” can be imbued with political life.


Flight and asylum

by Ingmar Zielke, Franziska Stahl

A lack of solidarity and growing populism as challenges to European domestic policy
To date, enforcing the European asylum system has been met with only limited success. Despite acknowledged difficulties, increasing pressure will in future be needed to comply with legal directives and laws. A further task of the European Union consists in securing its borders and combating the root causes of migration beyond Europe. The future task of German and European policy on asylum and migration lies in striking a balance between democratic participation in debates on refugees and migration on the one hand and responsible and ethical conduct towards vulnerable people on the other.

About this series

This serial informs and merges major issues of current topics the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is dealing with.

The editions present:

  • Results and recommendations
  • Offer short analysis
  • Illustrate future plans and
  • List contacts within the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

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