in short - Reform instead of “status quo” – 10 guidelines for an EU budget with European added value

In 2018, negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) – the EU’s seven-year budgetary framework – are pending. The declared goal of the European Commission is to reach an agreement before the European elections in 2019. The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU will mean losing one of the most important net contributors over the coming years. As a result, the inevitable restructuring of the MFF opens up opportunities for a comprehensive reform of EU finances. The restructuring should take the following guiding principles into account:

KAS PTD Newsletter Edition No 4 - December 2017

The newsletter of the KAS Program on Devolution “Partnership for Transformational Devolution (PTD)”, gives an overview on the program and current developments with regard to devolution as well as the activities implemented in the ten target counties.

Kosmetik in der Kommunikation

Dr. Angelika Klein im Interview über die Außenpolitik der neuen polnischen Regierung gegenüber Deutschland und der EU

Einen „Imagewandel“, ein „Facelifting“ sieht die Leiterin der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Warschau im Kabinettswechsel in Polen: Denn „Morawiecki soll die Politik verkaufen, nicht verändern.“ Der neue Ministerpräsident und seine Regierung könnten das Verhältnis zu Deutschland und zur EU verbessern – wenn sie nur wollen. Letztlich hänge das vom Strippenzieher im Hintergrund ab: dem mächtigen PiS-Parteivorsitzenden Jarosław Kaczyński.

Korea-Konflikt und Olympia: Der Sport baut Brücken

Stefan Samse im NDR Info-Interview über neue Gespräche zwischen Nord- und Südkorea

Zwei Jahre lang haben Nord- und Südkorea nicht direkt miteinander gesprochen, jetzt trafen sich Vertreter beider Staaten in der entmilitarisierten Zone. Die Olympischen Winterspiele, die ab 9. Februar in Südkorea stattfinden, haben die Gespräche ins Rollen gebracht. Die Spiele böten einen „vortrefflichen Ansatz“, sagt Stefan Samse, Leiter des Südkorea-Büros der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, im Interview mit NDR Info.

„Konflikt bleibt bis auf weiteres fortbestehen“

Dr. Wilhelm Hofmeister im Deutschlandfunk-Interview über den Konflikt zwischen Katalonien und Spaniens Zentralregierung

Bei der Regionalwahl in Katalonien gebe es keinen eindeutigen Gewinner, sagt Dr. Wilhelm Hofmeister im Deutschlandfunk-Interview. Der Leiter des Spanien-Büros der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung sieht eine tief gespaltene Gesellschaft, einen klaren Verlierer – und zwei Themen, bei denen Spaniens Zentralregierung und Katalonien miteinander ins Gespräch kommen können.

"Current Challenges Facing the European Union – The Contribution of the Court of Justice"

12th Berlin Legal Policy Conference

The European Union currently faces a variety of challenges. Since it is constituted as a Community based on the rule of law, the case-law of the European Court of Justice enables these challenges to be pinpointed with considerable precision. Reason enough for the 12th Legal Policy Conference of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to conduct a detailed examination of the contribution made by the European Court of Justice to resolve the present challenges confronting the European Union.

A Model for Europe?

History and Practice of Islam in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina can look back on an eventful history of social upheaval and armed conflicts in which especially Bosnian Muslims were frequently the victims. It is therefore rather surprising that Bosnian Islam is characterised by a relatively high degree of cosmopolitanism and liberalism that might even serve as a model for European-style Islam.

Between God and Emperor

On the Political Influence of Evangelical Churches in Latin America

The fast-expanding evangelical churches in Latin America are increasingly striving for political influence. So far, however, they have not yet been able to develop a common agenda. On the contrary, they are characterised by a high degree of fragmentation. In view of the growing evangelical voter potential, the influence of evangelical forces may continue to increase in the future.


The announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump that Jerusalem will be recognised as the capital of Israel and the subsequent reactions from various political and religious gropus have once again shown: both spheres – politics and religion – have always been closely interwoven, not only in Christianity, but also in Islam, Judaism, and other religions. Even in the 21ˢᵗ century, it is hard to imagine politics without any religious dimension, and religion without politics, in many parts of the world.

Failing State

Libya as a Supraregional Security Threat

Ex-U.S. President Barack Obama once described the United States’ and its allies’ lack of success in ensuring stability in Libya following the fall of the Gaddafi regime as one of the biggest failings of his time in office. Indeed, the country is sinking ever deeper into chaos. Now, the action plan by Ghassan Salamé, the United Nations’ new Special Representative for Libya, is expected to revive the peace process. If this does not succeed, the security situation risks escalating further – with far-reaching consequences both for neighbouring countries and Europe.

Facts and Findings

Selected contributions to the series with international relevance

The series informs in a concentrated form about important positions of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung on current topics. The individual issues present key findings and recommendations, offer brief analyses, explain the Foundation's further plans and name KAS contact persons.


International Reports

Journal for international issues, foreign policy and development cooperation

This periodical responds to questions concerning international issues, foreign policy and development cooperation. It is aimed at access of information about the international work for public and experts.

EPP Party Barometer

The Situation of the European People's Party in the EU

The EPP Party Barometer illustrates the current situation of the EPP party family in the EU. On a non-regular basis, it provides a concise overview of current election results, polls from the member states and the composition of the party family.


In our series "Interviews", talks and discussions are held with experts from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. on various topics.


Concise, reduced to the essentials, but always highly topical. In our series "kurzum", our experts summarise an issue or problem on a maximum of two pages.

Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The country reports offer current analyses, exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts - provided by our international staff.

Event Reports

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.