Congress is debating the USA FREEDOM Act in the next days. The House approved Representative Jim Sensenbrenner’s version of the law on Wednesday and the Senate is expected to vote on Senator Mike Lee’s companion bill next week. The law requires the American Intelligence Community to fulfill its important mandate within a legal framework of …Read More

Greece barely managed to repay a loan installment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week, only being able to do so by tapping its own buffer reserves at the IMF. The rather unusual repayment method underscores how severe Athens’ liquidity crunch has become in recent months. Things will get even worse in June and …Read More

At an AICGS workshop about Germany’s cultural policies in 1998, Harvard historian Charles Maier summarized his critical observations in one sentence: “Germany is a country that wants to run without a major-league foreign policy which means cultural representation, as well as political—but without the assets of empire, without the asset of Francophonie, without the asset …Read More