A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany blocks Aixtron sale to China’s FGC (DW) German business climate hits two-and-a-half year high in October (Reuters) Germany stalls Osram unit sale to Chinese buyers: Growing concern to lose technology to China (Reuters) Where are the real cybersecurity threats? …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics The chemical company BASF starts operating again in Germany after fatal explosion (The Engineer) International Monetary Fund urges Germany to increase its domestic public investment (Financial Times) German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) told Tesla to dump Autopilot brand (BBC …Read More

History sometimes likes to play games of irony, counting on our short memory. One such irony is revealed in the context of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. In March 2014 Russian troops took de-facto control of Crimea, followed by a declaration of independence and a swift (and most likely rigged) referendum, in which about 95 percent …Read More

Distinguishing between risk and uncertainty—two concepts dating back to economist Frank Knight (1921)—has become popular in financial policy analyses in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007-09. Risk refers to all those possible futures whose probabilities can be estimated, put in numbers, the “known unknowns.” Uncertainty, on the other hand, refers to the …Read More

Seemingly in all corners of the world right-wing populism is rising. A more chauvinistic renationalization of politics, criticism of free trade regimes and globalization, and a general coarsening of rhetoric are salient. Although much attention has been devoted to the Donald Trump candidacy in the U.S. and the spiking support for the Alternative for Germany, …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics US and Europe become more serious with company crackdowns (WP) Nuclear power plant was disrupted by cyber attack in Germany (Reuters) Germany’s banking problem is bigger than Deutsche Bank: political and legislative hurdles make consolidation difficult (WSJ) Photovoltaic company Pfalzsolar …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics German taxman goes after foreign banks (DW) Germany’s Merkel calls for push on EU-US trade deal (WP) Germany’s economy minister woos Tehran on trade visit (DW) German businesses consider alternative labor models (DW) Concern Over Deutsche Bank’s Health Shakes Markets (NYT) Angela …Read More

The proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline project has bitterly pitted European states that back the project, including Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and France, against project opponents, including Ukraine, Poland, and other former Soviet-bloc states. The project aims to double the capacity of the existing huge, 55-billion-cubic-meter-per-year Nord Stream 1 pipeline, running in parallel to it …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics Strong inflation numbers from Germany (Reuters) U.S. economy less sluggish in 2nd qtr; companies investing more (Reuters) Right-wing extremism is hitting the German economy (CNBC) Deutsche Bank Troubles Dent Europe’s Economic Engine (Bloomberg) German economy minister sees steady growth through 2017 (Reuters) …Read More