Monthly Archives: October 2009

Berlin NGO Launches Sudan Electionnaire

Sudan is preparing to hold its first general elections in more than twenty years in April 2010. media in cooperation and transition (mict), a Berlin-based NGO, has just launched a new project on the elections: The Sudan Electionnaire. It builds … Continue reading

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German Foreign Policy is Merkel

With the conclusion of the coalition negotiations last Friday in Berlin, Germans now know what the new government of Chancellor Angela Merkel will look like. (see berlinbrief of 24 October, 2009) The posts related to Foreign Policy will be distributed … Continue reading

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International Media on the New Government

Take a look at the international media reporting on the coalition deal closed between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), the Conservative sister party (CSU) of Horst Seehofer and the Free Democrats (FDP) of Guido Westerwelle at the weekend: AlJazeera.net (24 October … Continue reading

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2009 Studienkolleg zu Berlin Kicked Off

Europe meets in Berlin. Every year, the German National Academic Foundation together with the Hertie Foundation invites 30 students from across Europe to spend a year at the Studienkolleg zu Berlin. While they pursue their studies at one of Berlin’s … Continue reading

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Germany’s Energy Security

With the Copenhagen Climate talks approaching, I want to draw your attention to an article by R. Andreas Kraemer, the director of the Ecologic Institute, Germany’s leading think tank on applied environmental research. “Security Through Energy Policy: Germany at the … Continue reading

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Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Report in Berlin

I attended an interesting event in Berlin yesterday on the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission’s “Report on the measurement of economic performance and social progress”. This is not quite a Foreign Policy topic, you might argue. But interestingly, the debate was a lot … Continue reading

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Setting the Stage for Germany in the EU

The European Union’s institutions have entered a period of major transition. A new European Parliament was elected in June 2009. The Treaty of Lisbon that will replace the Treaty of Nice under which the European Union is currently operating will … Continue reading

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Berlin’s Role Toward Russia

Stephen Szabo, the executive director of the Transatlantic Academy, has just published an analysis in the Washington Quartely that I recommend reading: “Can Berlin and Washington agree on Russia?” Szabo writes: “Both Russia and Germany are back on the U.S. … Continue reading

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Read On: German-Chinese Relations

I happened to see the long cavalcade of the Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping driving by on Unter den Linden boulevard in Berlin at the weekend. Xi Jinping is visiting Germany on the occasion of the Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book … Continue reading

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The Free Democrats’ New Foreign Policy?

In the future coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservative Party (CDU), the Free Democratic Party (Freie Demokratische Partei, FDP) is likely to be asked to appoint the Foreign Minister. It is a custom in Germany’s politics of coalition-building that the … Continue reading

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