Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), reuters


It is back: thirty years after the end of the Cold War, the issue of armament and arms control is once again playing an important role, as the recent failure of the INF Treaty, the last mainstay of nuclear arms control, clearly showed.

Inquam Photos, Reuters

Europe Needs Strategic Autonomy!

If the EU wants to be more than a mere accessory of one of the new superpowers in today’s international system, and is not only determined to protect itself from the effects of a new political bipolarity, but also to have and develop its own sphere of influence and action in this new world order, then it needs the capabilities, processes, instruments, and mechanisms to make this happen – it needs strategic autonomy.

Kevin Lamarque, Reuters

The Beginning of the End?

The Collapse of the ­INF Treaty between Russia and the US

It sounds like the 1980s all over again: Russia has in all likelihood breached its treaty obligations by deploying intermediate-range missiles, and now Europe is talking about an increased security threat. The US also seems to have lost interest in nuclear arms control. This means it is probably unrealistic to expect a successor to the ­INF Treaty, but there are some pragmatic solutions that could prevent a resumption of the arms race.


“There’s a danger that things operating at machine speed can spin out of control.”

An Interview with Dr. Frank Sauer, Senior Researcher in Political Science at the Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces) University Munich

Ian Waldie, Reuters

„The Troubles“ again? – Der Brexit und die Terrorismusgefahr in Nordirland

Der Brexit reißt in Nordirland alte Wunden auf: Er schürt Unruhe unter der Bevölkerung und fördert Extremismus und eventuell sogar einen neuen Terrorismus. Eine neue Kampagne von Anhängern nationalistischer Milizen bzw. Überresten nationalistischer Paramilitärs hält die Region und Großbritannien seit Januar 2019 in Atem. Die seit Januar 2017 anhaltende Regierungskrise in Nordirland gilt als die längste Zerreißprobe einer Demokratie zu Friedenszeiten ohne handlungsfähige Regierung.

David Gray, Reuters

Climate Change and Public Health

The world is changing – unsettlingly quickly, and largely as a result of human activity. The effects of climate change can already be felt today, and natural disasters are common events. Climate change greatly affects our health. Accordingly, it is important not only to reduce greenhouse gases, but also to prepare for the weather- and climate change-related consequences, and adapt to them. A climate-resilient health policy will be necessary.


“Whether for humanitarian, development policy, economic reasons or out of self-interest, it is necessary to contain the spread of diseases. As a community of nations, we have a joint responsibility to do so”, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin this May.

Wolfgang Rattay, Reuters

Germany Has to Invest Even More in Global Health

For some time, Germany has been extremely active in the field of global health and has contributed greatly to shaping central elements of global health structures. Nevertheless, Germany should continue to invest in expanding global health infrastructure and coordinate its own activities even more closely than it has in the past.

Robert Galbraith, Reuters

Pandemics: How Well-Prepared Is the EU?

Epidemics and pandemics pose a real danger in the highly connected 21st century. Densely populated areas like the EU, with lively exchange of goods and services, are especially susceptible to the rapid spread of infectious diseases. The good news is: we can prepare ourselves – but it won’t be easy.

Antony Njuguna, Reuters

The Forgotten Crisis

Health Policy in South Africa and Dealing with ­HIV

­HIV is one of the most devastating pandemics of our time. South Africa – the country with one fifth of the world’s ­HIV cases – has made some progress. However, that could change, if not as many HIV-positive South Africans as possible are taking antiretroviral medication regularly or if risky behaviour increases and awareness of the problem decreases. First signs for this can be found right now already.

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