28.08.2018

The end of the crisis

Will Greece succeed?

28.08.2018

The NATO and US-President Donald Trump

Which role does the defence spending play?

28.08.2018

The Hyperinflation in Venezuela

Where are the problems?

20.07.2018

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

What are the goals of the EBRD’s expansion?

20.07.2018

The Austrian Presidency

What are its main topics?

20.07.2018

The completion of the banking union

What are the challenges?

14.06.2018

The Western Balkan enlargement of the EU

What are the advantages and disadvantage of an enlargement of the European Union?

14.06.2018

Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU

What are the challenges and the consequences?

14.06.2018

The "Spitzenkandidat-System“ and the EU election

Is the European Union able to overcome its democratic deficit?

02.05.2018

The digital transformation of Germany

What has to be done and what is the meaning for the economy?

02.05.2018

China’s way of becoming an economic power

What are goals of China and what are the options for the EU?

02.05.2018

The EU-Mercosur-Agreement

Where are the problems?

08.01.2018

Tunisia

How is the state developing after the revolution?

08.01.2018

Border disputes in Europe

The Balkan politics of the EU on the test bench

08.01.2018

Separatism in Europe

Why do some regions in Europe want to separate from their state?

07.12.2017

Donald Trump

Is he a suitable mediator for the Middle East?

07.12.2017

Bulgaria

How will Bulgaria manage the EU-Presidency?

07.12.2017

EU-Africa Summit

Could concrete results be achieved?

07.11.2017

EU-Enlargement

Accession only for Macedonia and Montenegro?

07.11.2017

“Jamaica-“ negotiations in Germany

Where are the striking discrepancies?

07.11.2017

Financial Transaction Tax

France versus Germany

02.10.2017

Qatar

How long will the sanctions last?

02.10.2017

Estonian Presidency

What are the priorities?

02.10.2017

Hong Kong

Is the status special administrative region still valid?

04.07.2017

Nuclear Weapons

Will there be a durable decline of nuclear weapons?

04.07.2017

Drugs and Terrorism

How close is the connection?

04.07.2017

EU – Japan

Free Trade Agreement

02.06.2017

#covfefe

The Power of Twitter in Politics

02.06.2017

Song Contest

Cultural or Political Event?

02.06.2017

EU Commission

Role of the Vice-Presidents

02.05.2017

Military expenditure

Does the global spending for military increase?

02.05.2017

Germany

Election campaign in the social media

02.05.2017

Venezuela in state of crisis

End of socialism?

31.03.2017

US-Budget

Financial Revolution

31.03.2017

Brexit

Start of the withdrawal process

31.03.2017

Austrian Presidency of the EU-Council

Agenda and Challenges

01.03.2017

Election in France

Critical Presidential Election

01.03.2017

Romania

Protests against the government

01.03.2017

Voting Right in the UN

No voting right because of debts?

01.02.2017

Macedonia

Political Crisis

01.02.2017

African Union

Special case: Morocco

01.02.2017

Donald Trump

Governing through executive orders

30.12.2016

Turkey

Tearing down democracy?

30.12.2016

Hybrid Threats

Which are the biggest dangers?

30.12.2016

Poly crisis

Will the EU manage to emerge from crisis?

02.12.2016

Moldova

Between Russia and the EU

02.12.2016

Talks in Cyprus

Challenges of a unification

02.12.2016

Syria

Constraints for the UN Security Council?

04.11.2016

CETA

Trade Agreement on the Trial

04.11.2016

Monarchy in Japan

How much influence does the emperor have?

04.11.2016

Politics in China

Fight against Corruption

04.10.2016

US Presidential Elections

Jill Stein as Hillary Clinton’s competitor

04.10.2016

European Defence Policy

Further cooperation without the UK?

04.10.2016

UN General Assembly

Have there been any results?

05.09.2016

Italy

Is an economic upturn realistic?

05.09.2016

Chad

On the way to regional power?

05.09.2016

Estonia

Model state of the EU?

02.08.2016

Refugee Convention

Does it still fulfil its purpose today?

02.08.2016

Bangladesh

Is terrorism driving away economy?

02.08.2016

Donald Trump

How could he become so popular?

01.07.2016

Brexit

The positive effects

01.07.2016

Brexit

The negative effects

01.07.2016

Presidential Elections

Repetition of the election in Austria

01.06.2016

Shift to the right in the EU

Can the success of the right-wing parties be stopped?

01.06.2016

Who will become the new UN Secretary-General?

Criteria and Speculation

01.06.2016

G7 summit in Japan

Did the summit bring any results?

28.04.2016

Satire in Politics

Where are the limits?

28.04.2016

Monarchies in Europe

Are they still necessary in modern times?

28.04.2016

Political chaos in Brazil

President Rousseff in Troubles

18.03.2016

France

François Hollande in state of crisis

18.03.2016

Religious Maldives

Transformation into a radical state?

18.03.2016

Italy’s banking crisis

Is the crisis already over?

17.02.2016

North Korea’s nuclear policy

Real threat or determent?

17.02.2016

A Finance Ministry for Europe

Which advantages would a common Finance Ministry have?

17.02.2016

Conflict region Darfur

Developments in Western Sudan

11.01.2016

Austrian Federal President

Is this political function still necessary?

11.01.2016

UK’s demands

How could an EU-withdrawal be avoided?

11.01.2016

Parliamentary Elections in Poland

From modern times back to nationalism?

19.11.2015

Electoral Campaign Expenses in the US

Will 2016 be the most expensive election in US-history?

19.11.2015

“Fortress Europe”

Transformation of the term

19.11.2015

Competition between Juncker and Tusk

Is Tusk about to fail as Council-President?

17.09.2015

Greek Crisis

Can Germany benefit from the Greek dilemma?

17.09.2015

Environmental Refugees

Which countries will be affected first?

17.09.2015

Reforms in Italy

Will Matteo Renzi have success?

31.07.2015

Silicon Valley

Is the Valley still a technological hotspot?

31.07.2015

Protest of the French farmers

Price erosion in Europe?

31.07.2015

China’s stoke exchange in downward spiral

Which effect does it have on Europe?

30.06.2015

Hungary

Quo vadis?

30.06.2015

United Nations

Reforming the 70 years old system

30.06.2015

UN Climate Conference

Success or deathblow for the climate policy?

21.05.2015

Conflict Commodities

What is the European Union doing against it?

21.05.2015

“Role Model” Vietnam

What were the reasons for the quick economic recovery?

21.05.2015

Song Contest

What role does the event play in the political sphere?

20.04.2015

Is Carinthia going to be the next Argentina?

How risky is the Hypo-Bank scandal for Austria?

20.04.2015

Economic power Singapore

How did the young Asian state become a successful financial power?

20.04.2015

Turkey and Armenia

The debate on the genocide

27.02.2015

Recession in Venezuela

Venezuela struggles with record-high inflation

27.02.2015

Ukraine conflict

Will the Minsk Agreement fail?

27.02.2015

Greece

Agreement on prolongation of bailout programme

29.01.2015

Romania and the EU

President Iohannis plans Schengen accession in 2015

29.01.2015

Price decline in the Eurozone

The ECB plans on counteracting the threat of deflation

29.01.2015

China and Latin America

China’s new cooperation with the CELAC countries

23.12.2014

Latvian EU-Presidency

Will it perform better than the contested Italian Presidency?

23.12.2014

Elections in Tunisia

How democratic is the state?

23.12.2014

Cuba and North Korea

Communist systems and the West

21.10.2014

José Manuel Barrosos mandate

Conclusions of ten years as EU Commission President

21.10.2014

The special administrative region Hong Kong

A metropolis between China and Europe

21.10.2014

The ECB as Bad Bank?

Analysis of the recent decision

11.09.2014

Export sanctions against Russia

Is China the winner of the sanctions between Russia and the EU?

11.09.2014

Argentina’s economoy

Why Harley Davidson is a wine seller

11.09.2014

Financial centre London

US-banks are preparing for a possible new financial centre

29.07.2014

Freedom of press

What are the consequences of an interdiction of the freedom of press?

29.07.2014

Italy’s new self-confidence

Goals of Matteo Renzi and the EU Council Presidency

29.07.2014

Germany on the road to success

Economically, politically, athletically – the supremacy of a nation

25.06.2014

Free Trade Area between the EU and US

Risks and Possibilities

25.06.2014

Danube Strategy

What shall the strategy provoke and why doesn’t it?

25.06.2014

South Stream

New conflicts regarding the gas pipeline

19.05.2014

Elections to the European Parliament

Who will be the future EU Commission President?

19.05.2014

G8 becomes G7

What are the consequences for Russia?

19.05.2014

China’s trading plans with Africa

Obstacles and Chances

12.03.2014

China’s Foreign Policy

Which role does China take in the Crimea-conflict?

12.03.2014

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Does the conflict in Crimea takes the attention away from the Balkans?

12.03.2014

Bank stress tests

Processes, scenarios and possible outcomes

29.01.2014

Olympic Games in Sochi

To what extent is it allowed to mix sports and politics?

29.01.2014

The future of the Troika

Will the troika dissolve?

29.01.2014

Markets in Financial Instruments Directive – MiFID II

Stricter regulations for the financial markets

19.12.2013

The FTT’s struggle for survival

Will the Financial Transaction Tax ever be introduced?

19.12.2013

Nelson Mandela’s legacy

What is South Africa’s stance today?

19.12.2013

Greece takes over EU-Presidency

How will the Southern state master the Presidency in the middle of the financial crisis?

26.11.2013

(Financial) Troubles in UN-institution

US lose voting powers in UNESCO

26.11.2013

Fiscal equalisation scheme and tax reform

What will be the important tasks for the new German government?

26.11.2013

EU Secret Service

A common EU-Intelligence Office as counterpart of the NSA?

14.10.2013

US - debt ceiling

Which consequences does the blockage of the budget have?

14.10.2013

Referendum in Scotland

The consequences of independence

14.10.2013

Integrated European Energy Market

Challenges of the EU internal energy market

11.09.2013

Taxation debate in France

(How) Can Paris reach its budget goals?

11.09.2013

Emerging Markets

How do the emerging markets overcome the global financial crisis?

11.09.2013

Parallel election campaigns in Germany and Austria

How different do the parties present themselves?

05.08.2013

Political protests in Turkey

What are the implications of the protests regarding the relationship to the EU?

05.08.2013

The nuclear policy of the EU

Does the Euratom treaty have a future?

05.08.2013

The bankruptcy of Detroit

Why did Detroit go bankrupt and what are the consequences?

21.06.2013

The EU Council Presidency of Lithuania

Security and third countries as the focal points of the Presidency

21.06.2013

Croatia’s accession to the EU

Can Croatia’s ailing economy withstand the competition?

21.06.2013

The economic situation of Brazil

The consequences of the major sporting events for the economy

22.05.2013

EU – China Trade Relations

Anti-dumping tariffs for Chinese products?

22.05.2013

Combats on the Golan Heights

Does the Syrian civil war evoke a crisis on the Golan Heights?

22.05.2013

Stock taking: EU rescue fund

How much money will be distributed to which states in spring?

28.03.2013

The accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen zone

Why do Romania and Bulgaria not succeed in entering the Schengen area?

28.03.2013

Italy’s political gridlock

The difficulties of forming a government and combating the financial crisis

28.03.2013

Ashton and the EEAS

What will be the future of Catherine Ashton and the European External Action Service?

20.02.2013

Financial support of the EU for Cyprus

The dispute in the Eurogroup about bank aid

20.02.2013

The UK and the „continent“

What would be the consequences of a UK-withdrawal from the EU?

20.02.2013

Multiannual Financial Framework

Who won, who lost?

16.01.2013

Basel III

The importance and the implementation of Basel III

16.01.2013

Eurasian Union

Which chances and risks can the new Union offer?

16.01.2013

European Fiscal Pact

Will the debt brake have any effect?

12.12.2012

New challenges for Barack Obama

Does Obama’s re-election bring change or consistency to Europe?

12.12.2012

The Irish EU Council Presidency

In which policy areas will Ireland set signals?

12.12.2012

Liberalisation of the European trade policy

Does the debt crisis boost negotiations on Free Trade Agreements?

02.11.2012

The next European Commission president: runners and riders

Will we elect the next Commission President directly?

02.11.2012

European budgetary developments

Will there be two EU budgets?

02.11.2012

EU sanctions against Iran

Will tighter sanctions lead to a concession by Iran?

21.09.2012

EU treaty changes take shape

How far reaching might they be?

21.09.2012

Bank Supervision in Europe

Several questions are still unresolved

21.09.2012

EU-Asia relations

What are the challenges ahead?

31.08.2012

The future of the European External Action Service

Will it replace national diplomatic services?

31.08.2012

What will be on the European agenda in autumn?

A packed programme lies ahead

31.08.2012

Elections across Europe

Will “Europe” determine their outcomes?

25.07.2012

Institutional changes at the European level

Will there be power re-shuffles?

25.07.2012

EU sanctions against Iran

How effective will they be?

25.07.2012

Future plans for the meetings of the European Council

The programme of Herman Van Rompuy’s second Presidency

21.06.2012

Compact for Growth and Jobs

Another step towards strengthening EU economic governance

21.06.2012

Ever Closer Union

What to expect from the European Council?

21.06.2012

Cypriot EU Council Presidency

Will Cyprus manage to pursue its own Presidency priorities

25.05.2012

European banking union

Will it be established anytime soon?

25.05.2012

Europe after the French Presidential elections

Will the working style of the German-French alliance change significantly?

25.05.2012

Putin’s third Presidency

Will we finally see modernisation reforms in Russia?

20.04.2012

European staff matters

Who will get the European top finance jobs?

20.04.2012

EU Growth Plan to complement Fiscal Compact

Is a centralisation of EU employment policy the solution to the financial crisis?

20.04.2012

Multiannual financial framework 2014 - 2020

Could negotiations be postponed until 2013

22.03.2012

Which institutional setting for European defence?

With only two months to go, preparations for the NATO-Summit in Chicago have stepped up notably.

22.03.2012

Ever Bigger Union

Is an EU with 30+ member states still manageable?

22.03.2012

EU influence on national budgets

Will member states lose their power over national budgets?

21.02.2012

Financial Transaction Tax

Europe is yet again divided over the potential introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).

21.02.2012

EU-Iranian Relations

Following the publication of a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in October 2011

21.02.2012

Fiscal Compact

All member states bar Great Britain and the Czech Republic agreed to

23.12.2011

Upcoming EU Presidency in the shadow of the Euro crisis

On 1 January 2012 Denmark will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the 7th time.

16.12.2011

Europe divided over „fiscal compact“

At the EU summit on 9 December the Eurozone’s heads of state and government agreed on a new fiscal compact and strengthened economic policy

16.12.2011

Durban ends with minimum consensus

The roadmap for a new global climate deal after 2020 and the temporary prolongation of the Kyoto protocol which were decided in Durban

11.11.2011

Which future for the Eurozone?

First Greece, now Italy: The financial markets are not calming down, the spreads on government bonds are widening.

08.11.2011

Change of ECB presidency: Is the “transfer union” reality?

Will fears of critics come true that Draghi will be too soft on debt-ridden Euro countries?

08.11.2011

Are tougher sanctions against Iran ahead?

The publication of a new report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will most likely increase the pressure on the international

16.06.2011

Poland names priorities for upcoming EU presidency

In the light of the crisis, the actual priorities of the Hungarian presidency stayed back. Will Poland experience the same?

10.06.2011

G8 and EU pledge financial support to North Africa

Will the funding recently promised to Tunesia and Egypt by G8 and EU be enough to stabilise the economic situation in the region?

25.05.2011

Debate on CDS not really based on facts

The European Parliament is fighting against credit default swaps (CDS) and thereby misses the actual problem.

18.05.2011

Will Greece’s creditors have to get their hair cut?

Last week one negative prediction on the Greek debt situation followed after the other. There was more or less open speculation about

15.04.2011

After Ireland, Portugal calls on EU for financial help

Details on the rescue package have not been decided yet – Portugal is clearly facing harsh times.

15.04.2011

No German candidate for ECB succession?

Will there be a decision at the European Council on 24 June on who will succeed Jean-Claude Trichet as ECB president?

15.04.2011

Great challenge for European foreign policy

In light of the current crises in the Arabic world, there is growing demand for a consistent foreign policy of the European Union.

16.03.2011

Eurozone leaders reach basic agreement

Will the newly decided measures have the effect they are aiming for – a reassurance of capital markets?

16.03.2011

Are new bank stress tests going to be strict enough?

Soon the second round of bank stress tests in Europe will be launched.

16.03.2011

Will there be a reform of the international monetary system?

France, which chairs the G8/G20 in 2011, has called for an ambitious reform of the international monetary system.

16.02.2011

Discussion on increase of capacity of Euro crisis facility

There are plans to agree on a „comprehensive package“ on the strengthening of the Euro stability at the European Council in March.

16.02.2011

Berlin and Paris aim for stronger economic convergence

What can be expected from the Franco-German initiative for a “Pact for Competitiveness”?

13.01.2011

EU sets the course for energy strategy towards 2020 and 2050

Energy policy is among the priorities of the Hungarian EU council presidency that has started on 1 January.

13.01.2011

Low expectations for new Iran talks

On 21 and 22 January new talks between the so called EU 3+3 group and Iranian officials will be held in Turkey.

13.01.2011

Race for EU top jobs in 2011 has started

On 1 January 2011, the three new EU financial supervision authorities and the new Systemic Risk Council were officially launched.

10.12.2010

Challenges for Hungarian EU Presidency

In January 2011, Hungary will take over its first EU Presidency and is facing several big challenges.

10.12.2010

Discussions on Euro crisis strategy continue

Ireland in mid-November has become the first country to seek aid from the Euro safety net, but the markets have reacted cautiously.

10.12.2010

Distribution conflicts over EU budget foreseeable

The conflicts over the EU budget 2011 were most likely a preview of the upcoming negotiations on the Financial Perspective 2012 – 2020.

15.11.2010

Big banks spared by G-20 summit for the time being

The heads of state and government endorsed the so-called Basel-III agreement on 12 November in Seoul.

11.11.2010

German-French „Deauville-Deal“ is disputed

The bilateral Franco-German deal in Deauville ahead of the EU summit has polarized the European public.

11.11.2010

NATO to adopt its future strategy

NATO has announced plans for the establishment of an own missile defence system and has made a step towards Russia.

08.10.2010

Tug-of-war over the European External Action Service

The tug-of-war between the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and the European Parliament over the External Action

08.10.2010

Will the European crisis mechanism become permanent?

Against the background of growing worries about the debt crisis in eurozone countries, especially Ireland and Portugal,

08.10.2010

Has the European defence policy lost its drive?

After a phase of making an effort to create a common European defence policy, there is once again a tendency to increase bilateral

10.09.2010

French initiative for regulation of commodity derivatives

Given an increasing interest of investors in trading commodities like wheat, cocoa and soy, France has called for a stronger regulation

10.09.2010

Green light for EU financial market supervision

After an agreement with the European parliament, the ECOFIN on 7 September gave green light for the reform of European financial market

10.09.2010

Turnabout of European nuclear policy?

The heads of the German coalition parties CDU and FDP last Sunday decided to extend the life span of the 17 nuclear plants in Germany.

09.07.2010

How much willingness on financial market regulation?

Has the G-20 become obsolete as a central coordinating body for international politics in the post-crisis era, due to the lack of consensus?

08.07.2010

When will EEAS take up its work after „Madrid deal“?

On 21 June the European Commission, the European Parliament (EP) and the Spanish EU Presidency have reached a compromise

08.07.2010

EU and US impose tougher sanctions on Iran

EU foreign ministers will decide on tougher Iran-sanctions at the end of July.

07.06.2010

NATO: New strategic concept is becoming more concrete

Ten years after the adoption of its last strategic concept NATO wants to agree on new future guidelines.

07.06.2010

Euro crisis: Sanctions for budget sinners?

The so called task force chaired by European Council president Herman Van Rompuy is currently discussing a long-term strategy

07.06.2010

Changed conditions for the Belgian EU presidency

On 1 July Belgium will take over from Spain the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for 6 months.

12.05.2010

750 billion euro mechanism to stabilize euro-zone

EU Member States agreed on a rescue mechanism worth about 750 billion euro to stabilize the euro-zone after speculative attacks on the

07.05.2010

Political Agreement on European External Action Service

After a long wrangling the Foreign Ministers of the EU 27 have reached a political agreement on 26 April 2010 on the design of the European

07.05.2010

New Iran sanctions about to be decided?

International pressure on Iran is growing because of the country’s disputed nuclear programme. However, Iran’s president Mahmud Ahmadinejad

14.04.2010

Despite rescue deal, Greece is still on the agenda

The financial future of Greece seems to be secured, at least on a short-term basis: The finance ministers of the Eurogroup have agreed

14.04.2010

German and French drive in financial market regulation

The formation of the future national and international financial market regulation has still not been finished almost three years after the

14.04.2010

Debate on EU Common Agricultural Policy before crucial phase

The EU commissioner for Agriculture und Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, has recently called for a public debate on the future of the

18.03.2010

„Gouvernement économique“ sparks heated debate once again

Greece’s massive financial problems have once again shed light on a debate that has divided the EU, and especially

18.03.2010

Is the Greek crisis becoming a Euro-crisis?

Does Europe need a European Monetary Fund based on the model of the International Monetary Fund, as recently proposed by Germany?

18.03.2010

Massive power struggle for EU leadership

The entry into force of the Lisbon treaty has been leading to a massive power struggle for the implementation modalities of the Treaty

10.02.2010

Sanctions against Iran imminent

All Western diplomats’ declarations at last week’s Munich Security Conference make it clear: Everything points to

10.02.2010

New European Commission and deals on top positions

The posts in the new European Commission have been assigned – now the fight is

09.02.2010

A Greek problem?

Politically and financially badly strapped, Greece continues to have its back to the wall. The issuing of

09.02.2010

Turbulent times for A400M

The negotiations on the future of the military transport aircraft A400M are becoming tougher and more difficult. After Airbus

09.02.2010

A new era for Justice and Home Affairs in the EU

The Heads of State and Government of the European Union adopted amidst general

14.12.2009

Surprising solution (?) on European Supervision

The EU summit on 10th and 11th December welcomed the surprising agreement on the creation of a European Financial

11.12.2009

EU presidency: Spain wants post-Lisbon Strategy

Spain’s fourth EU Council presidency, which will begin on 1 January 2010, will take place at a decisive point in time. Spain will

11.12.2009

From Vancouver to Vladivostok?

„Russia is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest”. European

30.11.2009

The “Presidents” of Lisbon

The new actors of EU politics, Hermann van Rompuy and Baroness Ashton, will have to impose themselves in the complex EU political power

24.11.2009

Which strategy for Afghanistan?

Which strategy for Afghanistan? After the presidential elections in Afghanistan the international community is now facing the challenge of

24.11.2009

Loophole to exit the exit

On their way out of the economic crisis the member states of the European Union are facing the controversial question of when to turn back

13.10.2009

Lisbon Treaty is up to Prague

With the positive outcome of the second Irish referendum on 2 October, the Treaty of Lisbon has come one big step closer to ratification.

13.10.2009

EU conflict on financing fight against climate change

The closer the world climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 is approaching, the more it is questionable whether Copenhagen will be

13.10.2009

New EU sanctions on Iran?

After negotiations with Iran had been put on hold for several months, talks resumed on 1st October in Geneva. At the same time, there is

16.09.2009

General election sets the course for German foreign policy

Foreign policy was secondary for the election campaigns of the German parties. The only incident that seems to influence voters’ opinion is

16.09.2009

Iran-Policy and change of international institutions

The international debate about the right forums of international politics and the best constitution of those forums became omnipresent as

16.09.2009

G20 Summit in Pittsburgh – stimulus or exit?

In addition to the question whether the window of opportunity for a reform of the financial market architecture is going to be used, there

09.07.2009

The Swedish EU Presidency: North Stream

On 1 July the Swedish Government took over the EU-Presidency. Climate, Environment and Energy are high on the list of Swedish priorities.

09.07.2009

The second term in office of Barroso is in the offing

After the president of European Commission José Manuel Barroso has obtained not only praise but also criticism from all sides,

09.07.2009

The Lisbon Treaty faces new problems

The European Council summit in June with its political concessions for Ireland cleared definitely the way for a second Irish referendum.

16.06.2009

Towards a new Financial Authority

The discussion about the systemic reform of the European Financial Supervision could lead to concrete institutional decisions on

16.06.2009

G-8 Council: One step closer to a successful Copenhagen

Energy and Climate will be the most challenging issues on the upcoming G8 Council (8 July) in L’Aquila. The Council takes place at

16.06.2009

The Swedish EU-Presidency under pressure to succeed

On 1 July 2009 Sweden takes over the EU-Presidency from the Czech Republic. The second semester 2009 will bring numerous challenges.

13.05.2009

The regulation of hedge funds remains controversial

With his draft Directive on Alternative Investment, the commissioner for the single market Charlie McCreevy has provoked resistance from

13.05.2009

“Tax havens” forced to act

The question of supposingly European “tax havens” has perceived as a verbal combat between Minister of Finance Peer Steinbrück and

13.05.2009

Iran: window of opportunity in the nuclear dispute

Before the Iranian presidential election on 12 June, the nuclear programme of the Ahmadinejad government remains still a thorn in the flesh

15.04.2009

The system of financial market supervision is taking shape

On 2nd April the G-20 reached a settlement on how to bridge the existing gaps in the regulation on financial markets on a global level

15.04.2009

The ratification question comes to the head

The Czech Republic has become due to the ratification of the EU-Reform Treaty more and more a “problem child” of the EU.

15.04.2009

The post-Soviet space – a sphere of influence, but for whom?

With the creation of an “Eastern Partnership” of the EU and in the light of the problems with the energy supply

13.03.2009

60th anniversary of NATO – a partnership with a new future?

In less than one month, on 3-4 April 2009, the NATO is celebrating its 60 jubilee in Strasbourg and Kehl.

13.03.2009

Bailing out of Eurozone members?

While the consequences of the financial crisis become more and more dramatic for many member states and neighbouring states

13.03.2009

Slow down of Unbundling

EU member states struggled for a long time until the Energy Ministers in October 2008 finally agreed on the Third EU Package

13.02.2009

G-20 summit: between regulation and reflation

Six weeks before the G-20 summit on 2 April in London, the positions of the member states are slowly taking shape. As the last summit

13.02.2009

Regulation of hedge funds again on the agenda

After the discussion on the regulation of hedge funds was kept silenced for some time, the political will, concerning a stronger regulation

13.02.2009

Will „Nabucco“ contribute to the EU energy diversification?

The dispute over the gas supply between Russia and Ukraine as well as the supply interruption in January caused partly serious difficulties

19.01.2009

The Challenges of Prague’s EU-Presidency

On the 1st January the Czech Republic took over the EU-Presidency from France. The official program has already been presented in Prague.

19.01.2009

The Russian -Ukrainian gas dispute comes to Europe

On New Year’s Day it was the second time when Ukrainian gas supply was cut off . The issue was initially seen as a bilateral problem

19.01.2009

The new Eastern Partnership

It seems to be no coincidence that the Polish-Swedish initiative of the Eastern Partnership was presented to the EU shortly after the

19.12.2008

Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty

After the months of mixed feelings concerning the Reform Treaty, December Summit seems to have found a way to ensure the ratification

19.12.2008

New order of transatlantic relations

After the election of Barack Obama to the President of United States of America it is possible for the new order of transatlantic relations

19.12.2008

The British G20 Chairmanship ahead of big challenge

On the 1st January 2009, when the United Kingdom will take over the chairmanship of G20, the position of the Brown’s government

07.11.2008

NATO-Membership Action Plan: The Way Forward

When NATO’s Foreign Ministers meet in December, not only the conflict in Georgia will be on the agenda. It will also be necessary to take

07.11.2008

France – Sovereign Wealth Fund surprises Europe

The announcement by French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, to establish a new French Sovereign Wealth Fund took many by surprise in the EU:

07.11.2008

Uncertainty regarding Prague’s Presidency of the EU

About two months before the Czech Republic will take over the presidency of the EU on 1 January 2009, some questions remain what the Czech

10.10.2008

Still no clear line on sanctions against Iran

The discussion in the United Nations Security Council about additional sanctions against Iran is still alive and kicking. While the

10.10.2008

France pushes for a Europe of Defence

At the informal meeting of the EU’s defence ministers on 1 and 2 October in Deauville, France tried to promote its vision

10.10.2008

Uncertainty about a Single European Regulator

For months, EU Financial Market policy makers have been debating behind the scenes about the necessity of

15.09.2008

Conflict in Georgia: EU agrees on a common position

While EU Member States could agree on a joint condemnation of Russia’s recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

15.09.2008

Rating Agencies: EU regulation increasingly takes shape

After EU Ministers of Finance have agreed on a stronger regulation of Rating Agencies in July the European Commission started to draft a

15.09.2008

Climate Change Policies: France wants global EU leadership

The French Presidency faces the challenging task of finding a common position on many unresolved issues regarding the EU policy on energy

11.07.2008

Doha: French Presidency stands firm

At the beginning of the French EU-Presidency President Nicolas Sarkozy underlined that France would use the upcoming six

11.07.2008

Can the Reform Treaty be saved?

The Irish No on the Reform Treaty is putting the ratification process at risk. Some EU member states suddenly consider stopping the

11.07.2008

Decreasing oil prices by cutting VAT?

In search of appropriate measures to get the rising oil prices and their effects for customers under control

12.06.2008

Strengthening of Eurogroup controversial

The Eurogroup will gain in importance when the Reform Treaty comes into force. But it is still uncertain what the future-role

12.06.2008

Agreement on Climate- and Energy Package in reach

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy surprisingly approximated in the conflict about

12.06.2008

Solvency II could become bone of contention

In the forthcoming months the entire class of insurance will look with eagerness on Paris and Brussels. France could use its

13.05.2008

VAT fraud is challenging the European Union

On March 17th the European Commission presented a proposal to the European Council pointing out measures

13.05.2008

Single European Regulator (SER) remains challenge for the EU

Although in the end of 2007 the former Italian Finance Minister Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa did not find any support

13.05.2008

Will the conflict on Unbundling be solved in June?

With a view to the last European Council under Slovenian Presidency the issue of Unbundling comes to the fore

10.04.2008

New impulse in ESDP

The meeting between Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown which took place at London in the end of March showed that the relations

10.04.2008

French EU-Presidency

France is going to take over the EU-Presidency from Slovenia on 1st July 2008. The official programme

20.03.2008

Mediterranean Union – from dissension to unity?

On the Spring European Council on March 13th and 14th 2008 the Head of States and Governments basically approved to a Mediterranean Union

12.03.2008

France with high ambitions in Common Agricultural Policy

The plans of the French Government concerning the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) slowly become clearer. French President

12.03.2008

Regulation of SWF

In a memorandum to the Head of States and Governments of the European Member States the European Commission set

12.02.2008

Will the NATO summit in Bucharest become a significant step in transatlantic relations?

Several tasks concerning the future transatlantic cooperation in security policy will attract notice to the international audience on the summit which will be hold from 2nd to 4th April in Bucharest: the possibility of a further enlargement, the reintegration of France in the NATO structures and the NATO-EU relations.

12.02.2008

Implementation of the reform treaty and struggle about new jobs in Brussels

In the beginning of 2009 the first President of the European Council and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy have to take up their work. Behind the scenes the national governments are already searching for the right strategy to fill open positions.

12.02.2008

Energy Policy in the centre of European Politics

Up to now issues of Energy Policy have been central to European Politics in 2008. The use of renewable energies and Unbundling are main topi

09.01.2008

Slovenia took over EU-Presidency

On 1st January 2008 Slovenia took over the Presidency of the European Council as the first of the Member States which acceded to the EU in 2004.

08.01.2008

Kosovo could put the Slovenian Presidency to the test

After the negotiations with Serbia guided by the Troika of the contact group failed, Kosovo is expected to declare its unilateral independence soon. The realisation of an ESDP-Mission in Kosovo which is intended to stabilise the Region will become a central challenge for the Slovenian Presidency.

18.12.2007

EU Council paved the way for Reflection Group

The EU Council on 13th and 14th December 2007 has set the course for the Reflection Group. With the declaration of Felipe Gonz

23.11.2007

German-French agreement about financing Galileo?

During the ECOFIN on 13th November 2007, the delegations of the member states expressed their collective support of the project. However, they remained discordant about how to finance the project. Diplomatic sources suggest that the European Commission

23.11.2007

Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty could be followed by struggle about new jobs in Brussels

As ratification of the former European Constitution failed in France and the Netherlands, it took the Council two years to get the project back on the road. After an agreement about the remaining issues with Poland, the UK and Italy, the member states finally agreed on the Lisbon Treaty during the European Council

23.11.2007

EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is put to test

Linked to the Financial Perspective 3.20.2008 the CAP will also be checked extensively. Currently the CAP expenditures of 55 billion Euros p

13.07.2007

Angela Merkel has not yet abandoned the voluntary Code of Conduct for Hedge Funds

The Portuguese EU-Presidency having no intentions to continue the debate on a voluntary Code of Conduct for Hedge Funds in the framework of the Euro Group and ECOFIN, German Chancellor Angela Merkel does now count on the remaining months of the German G8-Presidency to achieve a result on this matter.

13.07.2007

José Sócrates pushes for EU-Africa Summit in December

Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates plans to celebrate an EU-Africa Summit in Lisbon under Portuguese EU Presidency from 8 to 9 December 2007. This would only be the second Summit of this kind after the 2000 Cairo Summit. The second EU-Africa Summit should launch a long term strategic partnership between Africa and the EU and adopt a Joint Strategy for the EU and Africa.

13.07.2007

Will the IGC wrap up the Reform Treaty?

After the 21/22 June 2007 European Council having agreed on the cornerstones of the EU

21.05.2007

Will the G8-Summit bring a voluntary Code of Conduct for Hedge Funds?

Despite many adversary voices and sceptical estimations concerning the achievement of a voluntary code of conduct of the hedge fund sector, chances are good for Angela Merkel to announce a success in this matter under German G8-Presidency at the G8-Summit in Heiligendamm.

21.05.2007

Will Nicolas Sarkozy get the Doha Development Agenda up to speed?

The new president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, faces several challenges right after his assumption

21.05.2007

From the US Missile Defence towards a NATO Missile Defence System?

Germany is becoming more and more convinced that the US had no intention to leave the driving seat on a missile defence system in Eastern Europe. The increasingly current opinion in Germany is that the USA would put their plans for a missile defence system into practice in any case

06.04.2007

UNSC Unanimity on Iran

Traditionally sceptical minds may wish to leave aside their cynical remarks this time, the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1747 on non-proliferation and Iran at the end of March 2007 being welcomed with sincere enthusiasm among all UNSC members.

05.04.2007

French Presidential Elections and the ECT

While the European Constitutional Treaty (ECT) is not the really big issue in the run-up to the French presidential elections, the outcome o

12.03.2007

European Constitutional Treaty

It would have been too early to enter into substance of the European Constitutional Treaty (ECT) already at the EU Spring Summit. Merkel and her team intend to let dynamics of the ECT process develop. For Germany readiness for a political compromise is growing among other Member States. Whereas in January 2007 the French were completely focussed on Sarkozy

12.03.2007

The German EU Presidency

In addition to the debate on the European Constitutional Treaty, the German EU-Presidency has another focal point for the June Summit in Berlin: European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with a focus on Central Asia. Energy policy will surely be discussed with the five Central Asian States, but it will not be the only topic. Combating organized crime and fighting drug trafficking are also elements of this ENP initiative. Furthermore the EU and the five Central Asian Republics will discuss human rights, democracy and education policy.

12.03.2007

Tensions around Target 2 Securities on the rise

German criticism against the European Central Bank (ECB) has recently been unusually harsh: The German EU Presidency lay into the ECB on Target 2 Securities (T2S). Berlin

09.02.2007

50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome: What to expect from the joint declaration?

On 25 March 2007 the EU will be celebrating the signing of the Treaties of Rome 50 years ago. The anniversary festivities in Berlin will bring together the Heads of State and Government of the European Union Member States and the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Parliament.

09.02.2007

Germany takes a position on the European Commission

On 10 January 2007 the European Commission proposed a comprehensive package of measures to establish a new Energy Policy for Europe. The Ger

09.02.2007

Improvement of global financial market stability on top of the agenda for the G7 meeting in Essen

On 9 and 10 February 2007 in Essen the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors will hold their first meeting under the German presidency, namely the German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück. The issue of increasing transparency of hedge funds to better handle potential systemic risks has now climbed high up on their agenda.

05.12.2006

European Constitutional Treaty implemented by 2009?

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and incoming President of the European Council Angela Merkel sticks to her expectations that the European elections in 2009 and the setting-up of the European Commission in the same year could already take place according to the provisions of the new European Constitution.

29.11.2006

The VAT package - a difficult issue on the plate of the German EU Presidency

Combating VAT fraud after the shipwreck of a compromise proposal at ECOFIN