Sophia Besch

Sophia Besch

Research fellow
Areas of expertise 

EU Common Security and Defence Policy, European defence industry integration, NATO, German security and defence policy

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BBC Newsnight: German coalition talks collapse

20 November 2017
Sophia Besch, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform speaks to Newsnight about the collapse in the German coalition talks (from 03.05).

Voice of America: EU signs historic defence pact as Brexit, Trump drive bloc to co-operate

14 November 2017
Three years later, Russia’s invasion of Crimea persuaded many European leaders of the need for closer defence.

CER podcasts: Relaunching the EU

08 November 2017
The CER has launched a major new report ‘Relaunching the EU’. In this podcast mini-series, CER researchers explain some of the reports main recommendations.

Judy Asks: Is the Franco-German engine floundering?

Carnegie Europe
08 November 2017
It is premature to talk about the engine floundering. The hype around the couple will be tested once a new German government is in place.

CER podcast: Should we learn to live with a nuclear North Korea?

25 October 2017
Sophia Besch talks to Ian Bond about how likely it is that North Korea can be prevented from getting a strategic nuclear capability, the usefulness of sanctions against Pyongyang, and what to expect from President Trump’s forthcoming visit to Asia.

CER podcast: Peacekeepers for Ukraine?

11 October 2017
Sophia Besch talks to Luigi Scazzieri about Russian President Putin’s proposal to send a UN peacekeeping force to eastern Ukraine.

BBC World at One: Germany has economic interests in Brexit

09 October 2017
Sophia Besch speaks to the BBC World at One about the Brexit negotiations (from 12.00 mins).

The plan to save Europe

The Atlantic
07 October 2017
Emmanuel Macron’s dream of rescuing the EU isn’t going anywhere without Angela Merkel.

CER podcast: EU values and interests in the age of Trump

29 September 2017
Sophia Besch talks to Ian Bond about how the European Union can protect the international liberal order, as well as its security interests, when it can no longer rely on partnership with Trump’s America.

What does the German election mean for Brexit?

Deutsche Welle
28 September 2017
The next round of Brexit talks, planned for October, could be delayed until December, ostensibly due to a lack of progress on trade issues. However, drawn out coalition talks in Germany may also play a role.

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