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Discussing the Future of Transatlantic Dialogue on Data Privacy with Dr. Günter Krings

“The possible size of the [surveillance] programs has shocked people.” AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes sits down with Dr. Günter Krings, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, to talk about promoting further transatlantic dialogue on data privacy issues.  

The Reform of the German Renewable Energy Act in 2014

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 Introduction On 11 July 2014 the Bundesrat (the upper house of the German parliament) passed a reform of Germany’s renewable energy law. The reform subsequently went into effect on 1 August 2014.[1] The original law, the Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (Renewable Energy Act or EEG), was first adopted in 2000. Coupled with Germany’s decision in… Read more >

Germany’s Unwanted Man

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Twice burned by American intelligence, Germany’s pride is wounded and its officials seethe with frustration. This is the state of German-American relations after the monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s calls and last month’s expulsion of a top CIA official from Berlin. It also is a synopsis of the recent film adaptation of… Read more >

Rebuilding the Relationship: The Undeniable Ties Between the United States and Germany

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In the wake of the recent espionage scandal, it is time for the U.S. and Germany to start cleaning up the damage and rebuild the relationship. Geopolitical hotheads on both sides of the Atlantic seem to forget two critical parameters: For the U.S., Germany is far too important as a national power,… Read more >

The Future Europe – With Germany in Charge?

In May 1989, U.S. President George H.W. Bush gave a speech in Mainz, West Germany, inviting—or challenging—Germany to be a “partner in leadership” with the United States. Many Germans greeted the American president’s words with trepidation, fearing in part how others in Europe and in Moscow might react to the American charge… Read more >

Setting the Stage for a U.S.-German Partnership Befitting the Twenty-First Century

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama were right to pull the plug on the emotional debate over intelligence gathering and task their chiefs of staff, Peter Altmaier and Denis McDonough, with finding a solution to the conflict. This process will need time, thorough attention, and the willingness to embark on a… Read more >

Beyond Sanctions: What’s the West’s Strategy on Russia?

This essay, by AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Ulrich Speck, appeared originally on Judy Dempsy’s Strategic Europe, a blog from the Carnegie Institute for International Peace. Western sanctions against Russia appear to have a fairly narrow, tangible goal: to punish Moscow for supporting pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. But to what end? Sanctions… Read more >

Beyond Sanctions: The Ukraine Crisis as Demonstration of Power and Purpose

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This week in Germany was not like last week. This week, both the popular mood as well as the political messages sent signals that Germans have had enough from Vladimir Putin. This week, the political leadership in Berlin across party lines, the voices of industry, and the polls said that they were… 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

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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 >

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

Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

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Dr. Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik will be a Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellow from August 1 to September 15, 2014.  While at AICGS, she will explore Germany’s role in reconciling the Western Balkans. The project will focus on Germany’s foreign policy, economic development, aid, and German political foundations in Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo…. Read more >

Events

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

The September meeting of the “Learn & Earn: A Young Leaders’ Group for the Development of the U.S. Workforce” will be on Thursday, Sep. 4, from 9-10am at AICGS. We look forward to welcoming Katie Gage, Director of the DC branch of Enstitute, a national non-profit that is reinventing apprenticeships for 21st century careers. She will discuss obstacles that she has faced in getting companies to sponsor apprenticeships through their otherwise very successful program.

Videos

Discussing the Future of Transatlantic Dialogue on Data Privacy with Dr. Günter Krings

“The possible size of the [surveillance] programs has shocked people.” AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes sits down with Dr. Günter Krings, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, to talk about promoting further transatlantic dialogue on data privacy issues.  

AICGS Notizen Blog

Späte Reue, Stefan Baron

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Writing a book about one’s own boss is a difficult task under any circumstance. The exercise is particularly tricky if the person in question is a highly controversial banker; if his name is Josef Ackermann, the former CEO of Deutsche Bank; and finally, if the author is trying to convince the skeptical… Read more >

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Berlin Now, Peter Schneider

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Berlin Now captures the essence of Berlin through narratives of the city and its vast and interesting contrasts, ranging from the opening exploration of why Berlin has become the “Cinderella of European capitals” to the “Spring in Berlin.” Peter Schneider details the fascinating clashes between architects, industrialists, and developers over the future… Read more >

Germany’s Future Iraq Involvement: U-Turn or Continuity?

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Since U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to bomb Sunni extremists in Iraq, German public opinion has debated whether to get involved and if so, why. In its initial reaction to the crisis, the German government, sensing that its citizens would prefer to stay out of any new international entanglement, tried to suggest… Read more >

AICGS Notizen Daily: August 11, 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.

An Overview of the TTIP Negotiations after the Sixth Round in Brussels

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Background At the G-8 summit in June last year, the United States and European Union agreed to begin the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). All parties involved were enthusiastic about the start of negotiations for a new trade treaty. Leaders publicly supported what could be the largest free… Read more >