The most important contribution the new German Federal Government can make is to support and reform the global economic order that has been responsible for 70 years of peace and prosperity. Whether it is through institutions like the World Trade Organization and the European Union, countless bilateral trade agreements, or the informal norms and principles …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Das geheime Kartell der deutschen Autobauer (Spiegel) So wichtig sind VW, BMW und Daimler für Deutschland (SDZ) German media groups to form data alliance (DW) Japan spending uptick ends 16-month lull (DW) Foreign and Domestic Policy US Sanctions Expert: European concerns are …Read More

It’s two months before the German election on September 24, and the Green Party is struggling to gain traction. Recent polls project single-digit support, with few indications of improvement. Not too long ago, speculation about a government led by Angela Merkel with the Green Party as a coalition partner was not unusual. That option seems …Read More

As host of this year’s G20 summit, Hamburg swelled with world leaders and their entourages. It was an opportunity to show off Germany’s second-largest city to the global public. The G20, however, attracted more than heads of state. Thousands of protestors converged on the city to voice opposition to capitalism and globalization. The scale of …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Why the spectre of a hard Brexit has European airlines worried (The Economist) EU promises trade war if Trump imposes steel restrictions (Foreign Policy) Sexist Audi commercial sparks backlash in China (Deutsche Welle) ExxonMobil has been fined for an ‘egregious’ violation of …Read More

On June 15, the US Senate approved an act to sharply expand sanctions imposed on Russia in retaliation for its intervention in eastern Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014. The broadly bi-partisan move that enshrined Barack Obama’s earlier executive orders – intended as a response to Moscow’s alleged cyber interference in US elections – …Read More

Germany’s summer vacation is about to be in full force and, with it, the so-called summer hole (Sommerloch). It’s often a silly time in the news, but is also a temporary respite before the political headwinds get stronger in the remaining eight weeks before the national elections on September 24. Chancellor Merkel may be going …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Karlsruhe stärk die kleinen Gewerkschaften (SZ) German media giant Bertelsmann increases stake in Britain’s Penguin book chain (DW) Germany’s Gabriel sees ‘deal’ with China on e-car quota (DW) Oh Dear, der Brexit verteuert das Breakfast (FAZ) Foreign and Domestic Policy Stark Muskeln, …Read More

During Richard Nixon’s historic 1972 visit to China, the U.S. president reportedly asked Premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the impact of the French Revolution on history, to which the Chinese leader responded “It’s too soon to tell.” Something similar holds for the trade policy conclusions of the July 7-8 G20 summit in Hamburg. …Read More

The transatlantic partnership is currently in a state of uncertainty. Not only the transition from President Obama to President Trump, but also the populist eruption in many European countries reflects a conservative wave moving across U.S. and European politics. The societal divide phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic challenges the transatlantic relationship more than …Read More

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