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Joint Statement on commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement

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Redouble efforts for Paris Accord and 2030 Agenda

This statement is supported by renowned scholars from rising powers of the South as well as Germany. The common position demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the Paris Accord and expresses our determination to deepen joint knowledge creation on existential issues for human survival and sustainable development, for global justice and social integration.

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Trump und die Zukunft der VN-Weltordnung: Was kann Deutschland tun?

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Eine autokratische Welle

Ob unlängst bei der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz, beim NATO-Treffen in Brüssel oder in unzähligen Mittagsgesprächen interessierter Beobachter: Die Gefahr, die von US-Präsident Donald Trump für die VN-Weltordnung – sprich Multilateralismus auf liberal-demokratischer Wertebasis – ausgeht, ist das dominierende Thema.

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How the G20 can deal with Trump’s Chinese currency complaints in Baden-Baden

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Trump still aims to designate China as a currency manipulator
Trump still aims to designate China as a currency manipulator

Last week in an interview with Reuters, U.S. President Trump labelled the Chinese as “grand champions at manipulation of currency”, indicating he has not fully backtracked from his campaign promise to designate China as a ‘currency manipulator’ on ‘day one’ of his Presidency. The position of Washington on this topic has not exactly been crystal clear, however, with the new U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, announcing on the same day as Trump’s comment that the Treasury was in fact still going through the formal process of analysing Chinese currency practices, and that no judgements would be made prior to the completion of that process. Weiterlesen »

The New U.S. Administration and the German G20 Summit: 3 Things to Watch

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A dance among major powers

In his inaugural address, Donald Trump declared “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first” (a phrase, associated with opponents of entering World War II). Former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer commented that “‘America first’ signals the renunciation, and possible destruction, of the US-led world order that Democratic and Republican presidents, starting with Franklin D. Roosevelt, have built up and maintained – albeit with varying degrees of success – for more than seven decades.” (Project Syndicate, “The God of Carnage,” January 27, 2017)

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Postfaktische Entwicklungspolitik

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America first

Nun also beginnt Donald Trumps Umsetzung einer “America first”-Politik. Der Versuch, (vermeintlich) nationale Vorteile gegenüber der gemeinsamen Bearbeitung globaler Herausforderungen auszuspielen, wird zur Doktrin US-amerikanischer Politik erhoben. Tatsächlich haben die Wochen seit der Wahl im November die politischen Realitäten bereits stark verändert. Garantien eines vormals stabilen transatlantischen Sicherheitspaktes sind ins Wanken geraten. Autokraten à la Putin und Erdoğan erfahren durch den neuen US-Präsidenten einen beträchtlichen Reputationszugewinn.

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