Business and Economics Deutsche Bank: New Chief Financial Officer Faces Losses (Welt): Goldman-Sachs-Manager Marcus Schenck will be the new Chief Financial Officer of the Deutsche Bank. At the same time, Germany’s largest financial institution announced losses of €92 million. Consequences of the Sanctions: German Exports to Russia Collapse (Spiegel): The European sanctions against Russia have …Read More

In the fall of 1989, I studied at the Karl-Marx-University in Leipzig. As a student of theology, I was able to participate in the demonstrations on the street as well as in other activities, like prayers with my fellow students. Students of other faculties would have been ex-matriculated had they been seen demonstrating, but theologians …Read More

Business and Economics Germany Without Angst? That Worries Me. (NYT): I’m starting to worry about the endless flow of good news from Germany. Because what we Germans have done so far was to correct mistakes from the past. What we don’t have, I fear, is a plan for the future. Wall Street Under Threat of Divestiture (SZ): …Read More

The serene town of Celle is home to 70,000 people in the state of Lower Saxony, more than 3,000 of which are Kurdish Yazidis. This town is mostly known for its picturesque old town center and its renaissance ducal palace. Thanks to its long lasting history of German nobility and almost 500 half-timber houses, it …Read More

Just off the main thoroughfare of Berlin’s Friedrichstrasse is the inconspicuous headquarters of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts. As the tourists pose for pictures outside Checkpoint Charlie – a potent symbol of the Cold War – Dr Christian Sperle provides our delegation with a talk about Germany’s famous ‘dual system’ of vocational training. The …Read More

During our apprenticeship tour of Germany, France, and the UK, I was impressed at the respect that the general population held for apprenticeship programs. One of our taxi drivers in France was proud to tell us that his son finished his apprenticeship in construction and at the age of 21 is buying his own house …Read More

While our focus in Europe has been on the broad structure of apprenticeship systems, we should not lose sight of the apprentices themselves. Many times we have been told “no apprentice is alike.” This certainly is true given the varying ages and impressive experiences of those we met in Europe. Many enrolled in apprenticeship programs …Read More

Carl Bildt, until recently Sweden’s foreign minister, told Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in 2003: “For a generation Americans and Europeans shared the same date: 1945. A whole trans-Atlantic alliance flowed from that postwar shared commitment, free markets and the necessity of deterring the Soviet Union. America saw the strength of Europe as …Read More

Now available in paperback, AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Director Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman’s book, “Germany’s Foreign Policy of Reconciliation: From Enmity to Amity,” highlights Germany as a model for reconciliation, especially in North East Asia. In this magisterial volume, Lily Gardner Feldman traces the development of German reconciliation policy in relation to France, Israel, …Read More

Business and Economics Deutsche Bank Predicts the Collapse of the Euro (Die Welt): Deutsche Bank prophesies that the euro zone will experience the greatest flight of capital in history. The world’s largest forex trader expects the euro’s value to drop to $0.95. And it already knows who’s to blame. German Exports Nosedive (FAZ): In August Germany’s exports …Read More

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