Dear readers and subscribers,
after more than ten years, and well over 500 weekly digests on German and European foreign policy, deutsche-aussenpolitik.de will have to close, if not its website, then at least its two major services, the Weekly Digest and our archive. Over many years, we benefitted from generous outside financial support, primarily from the ASKO Europa Foundation, which en-abled us to build our project into a recognised source of information and authoritative analysis on German and European foreign policy, notably through our electronic journal German For-eign Policy in Dialogue, our weekly News Digest and our archive. Two years ago, lack of fol-low-on outside finance obliged us to downsize the project: we closed our electronic journal and cut down on peripheral services, such as the databases on German foreign policy links and experts, but we were able to continue the two most basic services and keep you and your interest engaged.
At present, our Digest has a followership of about 2,300 subscribers, in Germany and in Europe, but almost as many also in America and beyond.
Now, we have to accept that financial constraints no longer will allow us to continue even on the present, reduced level. Ours is not an expensive project (monthly costs are about € 1300.-, which go to the enthusiastic and enormously committed students who do most of the work for the project). Yet we have not given up hope to be able to come back, possibly in a new incarnation, but with the same basic mission of providing regular services of information and analysis, and of offering a virtual space for exchanges and debate on German foreign pol-icy in Europe and beyond.
If you want to help us in this endeavour to come back again, the most important thing you could do would be to let us know that you would like us to remain in business, or to come back. Please tell us if you found our services useful and why! This helps us to make our case vis-a-vis potential donors and supporters. Also, let us know if you have ideas about possible sources of financial support. You can reach us via our public email address, which is email@example.com.
Thank you for your support through all those years! We much value your faithful sup-port and your continuing interest in our services. We hope to remain in touch with you.
Hanns W. Maull, Sebastian Harnisch,
Christine Schuster and the deutsche-aussenpolitik.de team