In an article in the International Business Times, AICGS President Dr. Jack Janes weighs in on Germany’s role in and outlook toward global economic growth in advance of the G-20 Summit in China.  “Schäuble ‘is not talking about fiscal stimulus in Germany these days,’ Janes said. ‘But given all the unpredictable elsewhere in Europe, there …Read More

Americans have become increasingly alarmed by events in Europe. The euro crisis was averted, but euro zone economies continue to face sluggish growth. Political parties throughout the continent question the legitimacy of the European Union, while Great Britain ponders whether to separate itself completely. These would be enough to create the impression that the transatlantic …Read More

German chancellor Angela Merkel and last week’s European Union summit are focused on keeping the 3 million Syrian refugees who came to Turkey inside Turkey and are enacting measures to dissuade refugees from taking the sea route to Greece and thereby seeking asylum in Western Europe. However, these initiatives, such as the €3 billion EU-Turkey …Read More

The German automobile industry has been facing significant obstacles since last September, when Volkswagen (VW) admitted to cheating on U.S. admissions tests by installing software that would deceive regulators in up to 11 million diesel vehicles around the world, causing VW’s market value to drop by billions of euros and the firing of its long-time …Read More

The appearances of Russian representatives at the Munich Security Conference are always eagerly awaited—from Putin’s anti-Western rambling in 2007 to Sergey Lavrov being laughed at last year: they always promise stuff to talk and worry about. This year it was Prime Minister Medvedev’s turn. One of his most remarkable sentences—and there were many—was his denial …Read More

German chancellor Angela Merkel met with Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu last week to discuss the growing influx of migrants to Europe, as well as the ongoing conflict in Syria.  The leaders’ visit comes just after the European Union and Turkey agreed on a deal in which Ankara would receive €3 billion in aid for …Read More

As the Syrian refugee crisis continues, Germany is feeling the pressure from an influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants.  On 3 February, Germany introduced a new bill that will reduce public welfare benefits in order to dissuade refugees from entering the country.  Seeking to reduce the migrant influx, Germany recently changed the status of …Read More

  The Japanese-Korean deal concerning “comfort women,” formulated by Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe and South Korean president Park Geun-hye on 28 December 2015, included a pledge from Japan to provide 1 billion yen to finance a South Korea-based foundation that will support the women and girls coerced into providing sexual services to the military …Read More

In both the United States and Germany, tensions have risen regarding the influx of refugees and relations with domestic and asylum-seeking Muslims. Early this month, President Barack Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore, marking his first visit to a mosque in the U.S. during his presidency. Obama encouraged “interfaith dialogue” in order to build …Read More

The shorter-term security agenda for the German-American relationship this year is likely to focus on the intertwined crises of ISIS, Syria, and refugees.  We should expect more ISIS-inspired or directed attacks in Europe, to include Germany. This complex of related threats will pull the West into larger security concerns about what to do in Syria. …Read More

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