On the occasion of Angela Merkel’s February 2nd trip to Budapest, Gabor Gyori of the Hungarian newspaper Vasárnapi Hírek interviewed Thorsten Benner, asking why the German chancellor decided to visit controversial Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán and whether she will raise critical issues such as the state of democracy in Hungary or the treatment of European businesses there.
After reports of foreign government surveillance in 2013, officials and public figures in Europe have floated proposals to achieve “technological sovereignty” through measures like new undersea cables, localized routing and domestic industry support. But most proposals will not effectively protect against surveillance. Some would even hinder the free and open internet.
How are Brazil, China, Europe, India, Russia, South Africa and the United States engaging with the "Responsibility to Protect" people from mass atrocity crimes, and with the issues of sovereignty and responsibility, universalism and exceptionalism, hypocrisy and selectivity? Our special issue of Conflict, Security & Development is now available for free download.
by Julia Pohle
by Thorsten Benner
Global Public Policy Institute
by Philipp Dienstbier
by Andrea Binder, Philipp Rotmann
Study commissioned by the Policy Planning Unit of the German Federal Foreign Office