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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What defence policy for the next German government?

E!Sharp
19 February 2018
As they try to form a coalition government after last September’s inconclusive elections, Germany’s politicians are debating Germany's role in protecting Europe.

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change - Podcast: A Germany special - politics and defence

19 February 2018
Shashank Joshi and Simon Tilford of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change sit down with the Centre for European Reform's Sophia Besch to discuss the twists and turns of Germany's coalition talks, and the state of Germany's military. 

CER podcast: A briefing on Italy's election

14 February 2018
Sophia Besch asks Luigi Scazzieri about the political debate in Italy and which coalition might win the election on March 4th.

PESCO unlikely to deliver much in the short term

The Progressive Post
13 February 2018
PESCO, or permanent structured co-operation, is a political framework that aims to help EU countries develop military capabilities together and improve their ability to deploy them.

BBC Radio 4 - A very British battle

12 February 2018
Sophia Besch, a research fellow at the CER speaks to Caroline Wyatt about the UK’s future defence relationship with Europe after Brexit (from 12:40 mins).

BBC World Service - Newshour: Germany's coalition deal

07 February 2018
 Sophia Besch, a research fellow a the CER speaks to BBC Newshour about Germany's coalition deal.

CER podcast: Brexit negotiations phase 2: The politics of regulatory alignment

31 January 2018
Charles Grant talks to Sophia Besch about how the EU-27 view the British idea of a bespoke post-Brexit partnership based on regulatory alignment. 

CER Bulletin podcast: Trade post Brexit; EU vs Poland; Trump's foreign policy

24 January 2018
In the CER Bulletin podcast, CER researchers brief podcast listeners on three of the most important topics for Europe this month.

CER podcast: A briefing on Nordstream 2

17 January 2018
Noah Gordon talks to Sophia Besch about the controversial Nordstream 2 pipeline – who is in favour of the project and who stands to lose out, what the EU is doing and what it should do, and whether Nordstream 2 is about business, geopolitics, or EU solidarity.

CER podcast: CER researchers review the year 2017

20 December 2017
Charles Grant, Simon Tilford and Ian Bond review the political themes and events that shaped 2017, and take a look at some of the predictions they made last year.

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