Germany and India have revealed a dual priority for Africa: creating opportunities for prosperity and promoting stability. For both, these are uncharted waters and represents a shift in the locus of global dynamism, away from an Anglo-Saxon world order to a more diverse yet potentially fissiparous one
Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore
Dr Jivanta Schöttli is currently Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. She works on India's foreign policy with a focus on diplomacy and strategic maritime interests in the Indian Ocean region. Her past work examines how domestic politics feeds into foreign policy, through the interlocking of interests, ideas and institutions, whilst responding to global dynamics of change and opportunity. Jivanta received her PhD in Political Science from Heidelberg University in Germany. She was lecturer and recently, interim-Professor, Department of Political Science at Heidelberg’s South Asia Institute. Her doctoral thesis, on policy-making and institution building under Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru was published with Routledge, London in 2012 with the title, Vision and Strategy in Indian Politics. She holds a Masters in Economic History and a BSc in International Relations and History, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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In Germany in June 2015, G7 countries made major commitments towards decarbonisation and reduction in greenhouse gases, which will lead to binding decisions at the COP-21 conference in Paris in December. Germany pushed for these outcomes, and as one of the most energy efficient countries in the world its technology and expertise can help India’s targets of alternative energy and sustainable industry.
With the Eurozone portion of Greece’s $276 billion bailout credit expiring on June 30, Europe is in the midst of a standoff over this unsustainable debt. But it is only the latest in a number of Eurozone crises since 2008, and if the prospects for economic growth remain dim, how will the EU address its interlocking problems?
Germany’s Mittelstand or medium and small companies are the heart beat of Germany’s successful economy. They will be showcased at the Hannover Fair, which Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate on April 12. It can be the perfect blueprint for his Make in India effort.