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Der Fall Amerika, Manfred Henningsen

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Amid the tensions between Germany and the United States over the NSA’s surveillance, worries arise about a growing wave of animosity among Germans toward America. The contrast with the early idolization of President Barack Obama and the current mood is evident in German public opinion polls. Yet, snapshots taken in polls do… Read more >

Privacy and Power: A Reflection on the German-American Intelligence Crisis

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The Germans are angry. They have been simmering since Edward Snowden’s disclosures last summer revealed the startling extent of American intelligence-gathering and data-collection activities in Europe. Now they are boiling-over. The discovery, in the last few days, of paid American informants in the German Federal Intelligence Service and the Ministry of Defense,… Read more >

No Fear of International Responsibility

Rana Deep Islam, an AICGS Non-Resident Fellow, co-authors this in-depth analysis of the state of German foreign policy. After calls for increased engagement from Germany’s policy elite, it is time for a wide-spread debate. Summary: The German government is confronted with the new situation that its neighbors are worried by Germany’s reserved… Read more >

German-American Relations in Trouble? A Conversation with MdB Niels Annen

Further revelations of spying in Germany are “limiting the ability to work together.” AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes sits down with MdB Niels Annen, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Bundestag.  

Of Omnipotence and Mistrust

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The recent developments in the spying scandal in Berlin raised feathers only slightly with policymakers and pundits in DC. True, it may be a very self-centered German view to assume that the allegations that the CIA recruited a German agent—and the lack of any meaningful American explanation—are indeed a sign of a… Read more >

Spies Get Between Germany and the United States

Germany’s announcement that it was expelling the CIA station chief in Berlin has taken U.S.-German relations to a new low, engendering anger on the part of Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Barack Obama’s favorite foreign leader. The expulsion is designed by Berlin not only to make clear the government’s rejection of American spying… Read more >

Dealing with Distrust: A German-American Dilemma

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The Germans are once again angry with Washington. News stories about an alleged mole in Germany’s intelligence services, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), providing state secrets to Americans has outraged the entire government in Berlin and poured more oil on to public fires as well—already burning over the revelations by Edward Snowden about U.S…. Read more >

Jeffery Tessler Speaks on the Fueling the Recovery

The following is a speech given at the recent AICGS Symposium “Fueling the Recovery: The Role of Capital Markets and Banks” in Frankfurt, Germany by Jeffrey Tessler, Member of the Executive Board at Deutsche Börse. The Symposium featured two panel discussions focused on analyzing the impacts of economic and financial policies in Germany and the… Read more >

Roger Blissett speaks on the Changing Banking Sector

The American response to the 2008 crisis produced the Dodd Frank Act, which not only changed the paradigm of financial regulation in the U.S., but also featured extra-territorial applications of its regulatory provisions which apply to foreign banks operating inside the United States. While criticism over the DFA persists, the financial sector has undoubtedly been transformed by this critical initial step of broader global regulatory reform.

Muslims in Germany: A Post-Crisis Update

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The rise of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe has been one of the most of worrying trends in the wake of the euro crisis. Surprising gains by far-right and far-left parties in the recent European Union parliamentary elections pose a fundamental challenge to Europe’s identity. If “anti-immigration” policies become part of the political… Read more >

Publications

Funding the Recovery: The Future Role of Traditional Banking and Capital Markets: Comparing the United States and Europe

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Since the 2008 financial crisis, the United States and Europe have sought to reform the banking industry in an effort to reduce future risks to the financial system and economy. This Policy Report compares the role of capital markets in the U.S. and Europe in supporting the real economy. It focuses on the link between traditional… Read more >

Experts

Alexander Reisenbichler

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Alexander Reisenbichler is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the George Washington University and currently DAAD Research Fellow at AICGS from July to August 2014. His dissertation analyzes differences in housing finance policies in the U.S. and Germany, including in areas such as taxation and mortgage finance. During the 2014-15 academic… Read more >

Events

Learn & Earn: A Young Leaders’ Group for the Development of the U.S. Workforce

The August meeting of the “Learn & Earn: A Young Leaders’ Group for the Development of the U.S. Workforce” will be on Thursday, August 7 from 9-10am at AICGS. We look forward to welcoming Max Grünig, Senior Fellow at Ecologic in Berlin, who will will discuss the need to “build the clean energy jobs of tomorrow”. He has experience working in the U.S. and Europe promoting economically sustainable green industry practices.

Videos

German-American Relations in Trouble? A Conversation with MdB Niels Annen

Further revelations of spying in Germany are “limiting the ability to work together.” AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes sits down with MdB Niels Annen, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Bundestag.  

AICGS Notizen Blog

Of Spycraft and Statecraft

Why spy on Berlin, when parliamentarians and journalists regularly spill the beans? Asking this question, frequent AICGS contributor and Trustee Dr. Joe Joffe details the perceptions and realities of the German-American friendship during further revelations of surveillance. Read Essay

AICGS Notizen Daily: July 21, 2014

A snapshot of “the Latest in German-American Relations,” this aggregate of major news and analysis across all issue areas will appears on the AICGS Notizen Blog at mid-day (EST) on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The Death Knells of Centrist German Liberalism-The Rise of the AfD and fall of the FDP

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The rapid growth of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in Germany has certainly been a clear departure from the mood of German politics prior to the most recent Bundeswahl (Federal Election). Before this, it seemed as if Germany was the rock solid bastion of positivity towards the EU and particularly salient European… Read more >

AICGS Notizen Daily: July 17, 2014

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A snapshot of “the Latest in German-American Relations,” this aggregate of major news and analysis across all issue areas will appears on the AICGS Notizen Blog at mid-day (EST) on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

AICGS Notizen Daily: July 14, 2014

A snapshot of “the Latest in German-American Relations,” this aggregate of major news and analysis across all issue areas will appears on the AICGS Notizen Blog at mid-day (EST) on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.