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Doha Still the Silver Bullet
Doha Still the Silver Bullet

WTO's Bali agreement important development toward resolution

14/04/2014 | by Claudia Schmucker | Worldwide, Trade

Finally a step in the right direction: in WTO negotiations on Bali at the end of 2013, it was finally possible to agree on a package including trade facilitation, select agricultural policies, and developmental agreements. Will such progress save the Doha Round from collapse?

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Outgunned and alone
Outgunned and alone

If Russia attacks openly, Ukraine’s military will be no match for Putin’s forces

14/04/2014 | by Elizabeth Pond | Ukraine, War/Warfare

With the situation in Donetsk and elsewhere escalating, and “pro-Russian demonstrators” occupying police stations and administrative buildings, the government in Kiev is sending troops east for the first time. Its opponents – and not only those kept battle-ready beyond the border in Russia – are far better equipped. Even the capital Kiev would be within their reach.

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Merkel’s Shaky Europe
Merkel’s Shaky Europe

The Ukraine crisis points out the continent's weaknesses – made in Germany

03/04/2014 | by Steven Hill | Europe, Financial Crisis

Until now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has weathered the euro crisis well enough. But the Russian annexation of Crimea illustrates the fragile state in which the old continent still finds itself. This is largely the result of Merkel’s lack of vision when it comes to European policies – and her new SPD coalition partners are unlikely to change this.

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Germany and Europe: The Road Ahead
Germany and Europe: The Road Ahead

Two Models for German EU Policy: a SWP/GMF view

28/03/2014 Germany, European Union

The story of European integration has begun a new chapter. In order to preserve the Union, essential changes are at hand – from reforming Europe’s architecture to better withstand future crises, to budget consolidation and structural reforms, ensuring European integration does not overburden the states or their citizens. Such deeper integration must be accompanied by a deepening of democracy. In this, and especially the stabilization of the euro area, Germany will play a pivotal role.

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Steinmeier: Stop Reemergence of Rifts
Steinmeier: Stop Reemergence of Rifts

21st-century foreign policy based on cooperation, not confrontation

by Frank-Walter Steinmeier | Russia, International Policy/Relations

A “clear message” to Russia is needed, but we "should continue to use every diplomatic tool at our disposal, for as long as possible, to find a solution": Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier sketched out Germany's line on the Crimean crisis in the following speech, delivered March 19, 2014, to the German-Russian Forum at Hotel Adlon in Berlin.

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Beijing and Berlin, Fueled By American Fracking?
Beijing and Berlin, Fueled By American Fracking?

Global implications of the US shale gas boom

18/03/2014 | by Joachim Lang, Peter Hohaus | United States of America, Non-Renewables

Massive US production of unconventional gas is set to turn the country into an energy exporter by 2020. This process has already unleashed environmental, social, and political repercussions around the world – here a look into this trend's areas of growth and concern for Europe.

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Britain Outside Europe? The Austrian View
Britain Outside Europe? The Austrian View

Boost to euroskeptic, xenophobic populists could renew political isolation of Austria

17/03/2014 | by Emmanuel Sigalas | United Kingdom, European Union

Austria has so far remained silent on Britain leaving the EU. However, British withdrawal runs the risk of strengthening populist arguments in Austria, a prospect likely to toughen the positions of all parties toward the EU and European integration.

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