Ms. Katharina Gnath

Katharina Gnath is a Ph.D. candidate at the Berlin School for Transnational Studies and an associate fellow of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), a Berlin-based foreign policy think-tank. Her areas of expertise include European economic policies and governance, as well as international economic and financial relations.

Ms. Gnath studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford and holds a Master’s degree in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics where she conducted research on European economic and monetary policy. After her studies, Ms. Gnath worked as a research associate for the London-based think-tank “The Federal Trust for Education and Research” and at the European Central Bank’s international relations directorate in Frankfurt. From 2007 to 2008, she was a resident fellow of the DGAP’s research institute in Berlin, heading the Globalization and World Economy Program.

She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Berlin School for Transnational Studies (BTS), a joint endeavor of the Free University Berlin, the Berlin Social Science Research Center (WZB), and the Hertie School of Governance under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein and Prof. Dr. Markus Jachtenfuchs. Ms. Gnath has taught European economic governance at the Hertie School of Governance and has published on European economic governance, global financial institutions (G8, G20, IMF) and European trade policy.

During her DAAD/AICGS fellowship, Ms. Gnath will conduct research on her dissertation that examines the European Union’s external monetary and financial relations. Her study will investigate the institutional set-up of the European external representation with a particular focus on the International Monetary Fund and the G groups (G7/8 and G20). While at AICGS, Ms. Gnath will conduct interviews with Washington-based policy-makers and experts.

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Ms. Katharina Gnath's Archive

Same Economic Nightmares, Different Solutions: Transatlantic Approaches to International Macroeconomic Policymaking in the Face of the Crisis


Policy Report 48 argues that, in a climate of economic crisis and distress, transatlantic cooperation is still essential and must be expanded, despite current differences in policy.

The Reform of the IMF: Europe’s Short-Term Arithmetic and Long-Term Choices

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In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, DAAD/AICGS Fellow Katharina Gnath discusses the G20′s compromise on a large-scale reform of the IMF, including the deal that transfers two of the eight European Executive Board seats to emerging market countries. Over the coming months, Europe will have to make some tough choices on the implementation of the deal, Ms. Gnath writes, and she argues that European member states should use this opportunity to improve the EU’s international macroeconomic policy and relations with the IMF.