It was 80 years ago this year that DC Comics first published Superman, and with this comic book series launched a franchise of superheroes that shows no sign of losing its hold on the imagination of adults and children alike. Much as politicians, no strangers to self-confidence, sometimes like to think of themselves in heroic …Read More

Just before the German elections in September 2017, the mayor of Tübingen presented a new book he wrote about the refugee crisis in Germany: Wir können nicht allen helfen: Ein Grüner über Integration und die Grenzen der Belastbarkeit. At 34, he was one of the youngest political figures elected to the job of mayor. He …Read More

Both sides of the Atlantic are faced with the challenge of digitalization. Digitalization is expected to be highly beneficial by spurring innovation, efficiency, and productivity growth. Yet, it is also met by widespread skepticism. Digitalization can look threating—it will likely change the character of many jobs and the required skills; some fear that tax evasion …Read More

I spent four weeks from late August to late September 2017 in the American-German Situation Room (AGSR), working to find out what direction the Trump administration’s trade policies would take and how they would affect the transatlantic relationship. There is no better vantage point to do this than from AGSR. You are immediately in the …Read More

Over the last decade, the state of the Eurozone has become a serious concern in the transatlantic relationship. At the outset of the European sovereign debt crisis, the United States was more than willing to help the European Union in overcoming the state-debt crisis. President Obama made the case for financial assistance and the involvement …Read More

Diagnoses of a “crisis” in transatlantic relations often raise questions about the future of “the West.” Over the last fifteen years, pundits and scholars have discussed a possible “end of the West” in the context of the rifts among NATO allies over the 2003 Iraq war, the financial crisis, challenges to the project of European …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics The decline of the Swiss private bank (The Financial Times) China’s ghost in Europe’s telecom machine (Politico) Draghi dragging up the rear (Handelsblatt) U.S. criticizes Germany’s support of new Russian natural gas line (The Wall Street Journal) Foreign and Domestic Policy ‘One …Read More

President Trump’s announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the UN Paris Climate Agreement caused many European policymakers and experts to shift their focus on deepening the subnational transatlantic energy and climate cooperation. U.S. states—unsatisfied with the U.S. administration’s domestic and international climate policies—are eagerly embracing the European overtures. Governor Jerry Brown of California has already …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Tax rivalry: For Europe, more pros than cons from Trump’s bill (Handelsblatt) Europe’s banks are stronger than they were, but not strong enough (The Economist) Cryptocurrencies: Wall Street banks push back on launch of bitcoin futures (Financial Times) Japan and EU reach …Read More

In recent years, there have been rising political and public concerns about foreign investment in industrialized countries around the world, questioning whether their respective existing screening mechanisms are sufficient. In the United States, a debate is taking place on the question of whether its investment screening mechanism should be updated; in May 2017, Japan already …Read More

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