A recent government strategy emphasizes that the prevention of genocide is part of Germany’s raison d'état. Yet Berlin will need to address key weaknesses in its institutional setup before it can translate such rhetoric into actual policymaking.
The logic of tying EU funding to democratic performance and solidarity is tempting, but withholding money from members who challenge key EU norms may only drive them closer to China.
The post-1945, Western-dominated world order is changing. Countries like China, India and Russia play an increasingly active role. Addressing global challenges will require a more inclusive approach with new formats for interaction across more countries and sectors.
A joint report by GPPi and MERICS details China’s influencing efforts across three key arenas – political and economic elites, the media, and civil society and academia – and suggests a response strategy for Europe.