IEP cooperation project with the Danish Institute for International Studies

Lessons of the refugee crisis — What Europe can expect from Germany’s changing migration policy

The arrival of numerous refugees since autumn 2015 has created severe societal tensions in Germany. Right-wing populists are on the rise, increas­ingly impacting both the public discus­sions and the political agenda in Germany. With regards to the federal elections in autumn 2017, this dynamic is expected to exacerbate further.

Germany, with its economic power, its popularity among refugees and its geographic position, plays a key role in European crisis management. Its political decisions and the government’s trust in a European solution for the refugee crisis have a direct impact on neigh­boring countries and the EU as a whole. Therefore, it is important for Germany’s partners to under­stand which political actions are to be expected, especially in the run-up to the federal elections in autumn 2017.

Against this background, the IEP and the Danish Institute for Inter­na­tional Studies (DIIS) started a project to analyze domestic political processes, to identify and explain the crisis management and political agenda setting of Germany.

The first results were published in a policy brief in November 2016.

Detailed goals of the project: