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Leaders of France and Germany at the 2018 International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen giving ceremony

Focus Germany: Future of the French-German tandem

Brexit has raised expectations of renewed attempts at joint Franco-German leadership of the EU. Without Britain’s leveling role, however, the EU’s prospects under the Berlin-Paris tandem could depend on compromises between German ordoliberalism and French economic interventionism. Smaller member states are concerned that their interests would be shunted aside.

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Riyadh’s shifting involvement in Yemen

Once a very active participant in the violence of Yemen’s civil war, Saudi Arabia has progressively launched fewer strikes in the country, and recently has even been hosting talks between the Yemen government and the Houthi rebels. GIS experts predicted that while Riyadh would never stand for allowing the Iran-aligned Houthis to gain control of the country, it would ratchet down its military involvement as the conflict became more expensive. “In the most probable scenario, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi will turn down the intensity of their campaign,” wrote GIS expert Bernard Siman back in June 2016.

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Due to the fast changing international order geopolitics are back on the agenda. I believe that GIS makes a great contribution with analyses and insights that should help businesses and governments developing their responses.

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