Senior Fellow, EU/Europe Division
German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
Dr. phil. Ronja Kempin is a Senior Fellow for the German foundation for science and politics (SWP). Her previous academic and professional stations include research visits at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI) as well as the Institute of Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS) in Paris, the German Bundestag and a fellowship at the University of Harvard. Today she is a lecturer at the Free University of Berlin and the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, as well as a Political Advisor for the "Common Security and Defense Policy" at the German Federal Foreign Office. Her research focusses on Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), Security and Defense Policy / Armed Forces and Military, France, Germany, EU / Europe, European Foreign Policy and Populism. Currently, she is working on German-French relations in security and defense policy, the role of the Front National and populism in France.
According to Scharmer, three main divides within the United States contributed to the success of Donald Trump, which took many by surprise.
Following the latest tragedy involving migrants, 28 members and leaders of the EU have initiated plans for a military operation to combat criminal gangs who smuggle refugees in thousands per ship. The details of the initiative still need to be clarified, and the body of water where the operation will cover needs to be decided. This will require Libya’s permission to destroy the smugglers’ boats in its territorial waters. The EU needs to obtain a mandate in order to operate under Chapter 7 of the United Nations (UN) charter.
The political mainstream thinks that this crisis is conjunctural, not structural. But the trouble with austerity policies is, that they increase the crisis in a cumulative way. With austerity one can only enlarge the probability to maintain the crisis, not to rule out it. And politicians don’t solve this problem – they preserve it.
The government has to stop taxing people and is in need of a long term plan, liberating entrepreneurs and also modernizing the public sector through technology and more qualified personnel. Social cohesion is eroding when there is no trust between the people and the state, but instead exertion and pressure.