In a recent segment on ARD, “NSA Wiretapping Scandal: How Disgusted are Germans Allowed to Be?” AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes comments (starting at 3:45) on the personal dynamics of the revelations.

American credibility has reached all time lows, as mounting revelations depict the U.S. attitude toward even allies as mistrusting. Commenting that this “serious transatlantic rift [comes] at a time when closer political, economic, and security cooperation between Europe and the United States is needed more than ever,” former German Minister of Defense Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg …Read More

Interviewing with Deutschlandfunk, AICGS Trustee and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Kornblum gave context to the growing revelations of U.S. surveillance in Germany and around the world. In light of recent allegations that the National Security Agency wiretapped Angela Merkel’s personal cellphone – alongside many other top political leaders – Ambassador Kornblum emphasized the extreme …Read More

As German politicians discuss competences within the EU, the British media have characterized this as a positive response to London’s call to renegotiate the relationship between member states and the Union. Originally appearing on the European Movement’s blog, AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Almut Möller’s essay points out that the debate on competence in Germany is rooted …Read More

After a decade of nuclear talks, a deal between Iran and the international community may finally be in sight. However, what if the compromise found at the negotiation table falls through domestically on either the Iranian or the American side? In the end, the EU will have to pick up the tab and finally punch …Read More

The results of the German election on September 22, 2013 showed the highest number of wasted votes since 1949, despite a total increase in voter participation from the previous election. With the euro-critical Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) missing the 5 percent threshold to enter the Bundestag by a …Read More

The world has been closely following the partial shutdown of the U.S. Federal Government. The drama playing out in America’s capital is as much a subject of ridicule overseas as it is a source of growing international concern. The German media, in almost synchronized cohesion, has referred to the government shutdown as a tragic event …Read More

Past Fellow Dr. Patrick Keller writes that, although German military power has come a long way since the beginning of the 1990s, domestic publics have put up obstacles that will make future security policy more difficult. Defense spending has troubled German policymakers and the Bundeswehr leadership in their efforts to transform German armed forces to …Read More

Writing in German for, AICGS Fellow Dr. Andreas Blätte provides an in-depth analysis of the Green Party and the 2013 election. After their disappointing results in the 2013 Bundestag election and ongoing leadership change, the Greens must not rule out a position in the next coalition government. Stemming from this research, Dr. Blätte’s recent …Read More

Marking twenty-three years of one Germany, President Joachim Gauck emphasized German citizens’ and policymakers’ responsibilities both domestically and internationally during his speech in Stuttgart on October 3, 2013. This speech touched on topics ranging as widely as education, European integration, data privacy, and international conflicts. Beyond individual issues, Gauck’s comments outlined the urgent need for …Read More

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