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 questions German minister’s ‘one Europe’ comments (ABC News)

Foreign & Domestic Policy

Schroeder accuses his critics of wanting a ‘new Cold War’ (Reuters)

AfD deploys double-headed eagle to snare Russian-German voters (Financial Times)

Where German electoral contenders stand on Europe (Politico)

Afghan troop surge likely to include thousands of paratroopers, Marines and heavy bombers (The Washington Post)

Society, Culture & Politics

Can Africa thwart the next migration crisis? European leaders think so. (The Washington Post)

Restrictions on refugees’ families coming to Germany to continue, says Thomas de Maizière (Deutsche Welle)

It Was an Uneasy Time for Immigrants in Texas.  Then the Rains Came. (New York Times)