Writing in East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, Dr. Stephen G. Gross and Dr. S. Chase Gummer draw on this historical case of a collapsing currency union to caution European leaders on the costs of exiting the euro. Dr. Gummer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security, a …Read More

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that offers fifteen accomplished Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive professional development program in Germany.  The Bosch Fellowship is comprised of three main components: customized work placements, professional seminars, and German language training. Application Due Date: November 1, 2013 Read More

The NRW School of Governance (University of Duisburg-Essen) and the Mercator Foundation (Stiftung Mercator) will grant various Mercator Research Fellowships between 2013 and 2016 with the aim to intensify the international exchange of scientists. The Mercator Research Fellowship Program enables postdoc-researches with an academic background in the social sciences to further or finish their research …Read More

The publication of the Fed’s minutes from the July Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) meeting triggered a flurry of headlines ranging from “Fed remains committed to tapering [its asset purchases] by year end” to “No rush to taper.” Since the traditional central bankers’ gathering in Jackson Hole this month will provide little to no clues …Read More

By Werner Sonne After the announcement on developing an “Anti-Spy-Agreement”, one question has been swept under the rug. If there was no spying, why sign such an agreement? The NSA affair certainly did not help to maintain the impression of good ― even improved ― relations, created after President Obama’s visit to Berlin this past …Read More

Germany’s Bundestag contains one of the largest numbers of elected officials in the world—and it is about to get even bigger. Currently housing 620 members, the size of the Bundestag is likely to grow due to the new election laws passed last year. As the laws will be in effect for the September 22 elections, …Read More

With only slightly more than a month left before Germans go to the polls to elect a new Bundestag, the mood across Europe seems to be shifting from decidedly gloomy to tentatively hopeful. The string of recent economic data, suggesting that the worst may indeed be over, will help Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chances to retain …Read More

Frequent AICGS participant and Director, Co-chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institution Forum (OMFIF), David Marsh recently detailed prospects for strong female leadership in the German chancellory and U.S. Federal Reserve. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Board of Governors Deputy Chairman Janet Yellen are deeply experienced in their respective fields, and both are frontrunners for …Read More

By Alex Racey At her annual summer conference, Chancellor Angela Merkel remained coy on the details surrounding the NSA spy affair. She asserted that the government is taking the necessary steps to get information from Washington, but would not dish out any new details. In addition, she proposed an eight-point data privacy legislation plan. In …Read More

In his recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece (paywall), AICGS Trustee Dr. Josef Joffe highlights recent developments in international security to argue that American foreign policy has suffered greatly under President Barack Obama. Leading a substantive tour of these blunders from Russia’s tactful acquisition of Edward Snowden’s remaining secrets to concessions on drone strikes in …Read More

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