A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Autobahn Row Hits German Election (The Guardian) German Election Campaign Shaken Up By Thyssenkrupp-Tata Deal (Bloomberg) Fed Poised to Set Porfolio Reduction Plan in Motion (Wall Street Journal) Jockeying for the Finance Post (Handelsblatt) Foreign and Domestic Policy Going into Election, Germans …Read More

The Left Party (Die Linke) is the story of the last twenty-seven years since German unification. It has been the largest of the three smaller parties in the Bundestag during the past four years—bigger than the Greens and the Christian Social Union. Its base is largely in the eastern German states; the party heads the …Read More

The consensus on this week’s election in Germany is that it has been a boring campaign, it’s outcome a done deal, and that we can all look forward to four more years of Chancellor Angela Merkel. However, this may turn out to be one of the least predictable elections in recent German history.  It is …Read More

On September 24, Angela Merkel is likely to match former chancellor Helmut Kohl by winning a fourth election to become Chancellor of Germany. Following that, the question is: what will be the color of her coalition? It’s possible that after the election she will govern Germany with a third version of coalition partners—a remarkable display of …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Why electric cars won’t save European auto makers (Wall Street Journal) ‘Sick’ Pilots throw Air Berlin into chaos (Handelsblatt) Deutsche Börse leaves a bad taste (Bloomberg) Capacity cuts in China fuel a commodity rally and a debate (The Economist) Foreign and Domestic Policy How Angela Merkel is …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics ECB says Eurozone set for fastest growth since 2007 (BBC) U.S. Senate approves doubling disaster aid package, extending borrowing limit (Washington Post) Equifax data breach may affect up to 143 million American consumers (The Wall Street Journal) Foreign & Domestic Policy Four …Read More

One of the peculiarities of the German political landscape is the role of the Christian Social Union (CSU). A party whose reach is confined to the borders of Bavaria, it has been a major force within the national framework of the Federal Republic of Germany ever since it emerged out of the reconstruction of political parties …Read More

The German elections are just over two weeks away on September 24.  Chancellor Angela Merkel is nearly certain to be reelected to a fourth term, so the main unknown surrounds her choice of coalition partner(s). Will it be another grand coalition with the left-of-center Social Democrats (the SPD may wish some time in opposition), two-party …Read More

As Tip O’Neill once said, all politics is local. Had he heard the debate on Sunday between Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz, he would have just nodded. The exchange between the two challengers was anything but riveting, following the same pattern of verbal jousting one encounters in the unending chain of talk shows in Germany. …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Germany’s Small Lenders Gripe About Low Rates (The Wall Street Journal) Trump Tax Plan May Free Up Corporate Dollars, but Then What? (New York Times) Blasts, ‘chemical reactions’ rock storm-crippled chemical plant in Texas as Harvey flooding persists (The Washington Post) China …Read More