Sometimes, the absence of something proves its existence.  That was certainly the case with the importance of transatlantic relations for Germany’s economic interests during the recent election campaign that returned Chancellor Merkel with a historic third term. Not even the scandal surrounding Edward Snowden’s leaking of classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency could …Read More

In the final lead-up to the German elections on September 22, Andrei Markovits and Joesph Klaver look at how Europe features in the campaign.  Although Germany wields immense economic power in Europe, a discussion of the effects of Germany’s policies on its European neighbors has been missing in the debate.  This article originally appeared in …Read More

In this article in the Globalist, co-author of AICGS German-American Issues 12 Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel outlines Germany’s post-election future in the euro zone, broader foreign policy, and leadership in the international community. On all counts, Germany has a large role to fill and must be “sober-minded, cooperative.” Will reluctance impede progress in these areas?

In this op-ed, Süddeutsche Zeitung Foreign Editor Stefan Kornelius highlights Chancellor Angela Merkel’s methodical leadership style as a paradox. This style makes her a capable crisis-manager, but also a poor campaign politician. This article appears in the September 17 edition of the New York Times. Read Article

In this recent essay, frequent AICGS contributor and Peterson Institute for International Economics Senior Fellow Dr. Jacob Funk Kirkegaard highlights the general consensus on economic policy issues that matter to Germany’s European partners.

David Marsh, frequent AICGS participant and Director and Co-chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), writes that the remaining week of Bundestag election campaigning will decide between a Grand or Black-Yellow Coalition.

In his recent research article, AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Gunther Hellmann analyzes the long-debated struggle that is Germany as a growing regional power with internal and external voices both seeking and avoiding this hegemonic potential. Questioning if this growing influence will negatively impact German national security, Dr. Hellmann argues that available strategic choices should be considered …Read More

Writing on the danger of a hands-off approach to Syria, Editor of die Zeit and AICGS Trustee Josef Joffe argues that a humanitarian intervention would include far different components than the limited strike currently on the table in Washington.

Writing on the post-electoral scramble to form a governing coalition in the Huffington Post on September 9, Dr. Andrei Markovits and Joseph Klaver find this year’s election process “another boring ingredient in Germany’s competent governance.”  They are also the authors of AICGS German-American Issues 14: “Tally of the Greens’ Impact on the Federal Republic of Germany’s …Read More

As G-20 leaders gathered in St. Petersburg and grappled with the question of what to do about Syria, the head of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, tried to lower expectations about the nascent European recovery. “These shoots are still very, very green,” he said during the press conference, following the meeting of the …Read More

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