Germany’s election on September 24 will likely bring a new political party to the Bundestag: the Alternative for Germany (AfD). Five years after the party’s emergence, the AfD calls itself an “alternative” for German voters. In reality, it is less an alternative than an “anti-party,” representing the backlash from voters who are energized primarily by …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Air Berlin files for insolvency but flights continue (BBC News) ECB Leery of Ending Stimulus, Worried It Will Buoy Euro (The Wall Street Journal) Can Trump succeed in curbing China’s intellectual property ‘theft’? (Deutsche Welle) Foreign and Domestic Policy In German Election …Read More

Foreign policy issues will not play a major role in the decision of most Germans when they go to vote on September 24, yet the campaign which now has opened “the hot phase” has revealed that the future of German defense spending and Germany’s role in European security will be an issue. On defense, the …Read More

Edward Luce is an experienced veteran of U.S. affairs for the Financial Times, but his latest book takes a wider focus in an attempt to provide a framework for how one might understand developments occurring on both sides of the Atlantic. In “The Retreat of Western Liberalism,” we find a series of warnings about the …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Privatisierungs-Überlegungen: Was macht Niedersachen eigentlich mit dem VW-Geld? (FAZ) German confidence in automakers and politicians plummets (DW) Elektroantrieb: die überforderte Zukunft (Spiegel) Nordkorea-Krise kostet Anleger eine Billion Dollar (Spiegel) Foreign and Domestic Policy Trump: Waffen sind geladen und entsichert (FAZ) North Korea: …Read More

Germany’s Social Democrats are frustrated. Aside from being down in the polls behind Chancellor Merkel and the CDU/CSU, they seem to be plagued by some unfortunately timed incidents that will nag them in the final weeks of the election campaign. The recent collapse of an SPD-Green coalition government in Lower Saxony after a member of …Read More

Germany is emerging as a major defense player in Europe. With the UK leaving the EU, Germany and France are now leading Europe’s efforts to secure the continent. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder talked with Stephen Szabo, a senior fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, about Franco-German defense coordination and Germany’s new …Read More

Energy policy is the geoeconomic tool par excellence. Whether it is the OPEC oil embargoes of the 1970s, the subsequent creation of the International Energy Agency by Western consuming nations, or more recent U.S. and EU efforts to diversify supply and promote renewables, the foreign policy implications of buying and selling oil and gas are …Read More

Working for reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians is arduous but rewarding—it keeps providing glimmers of hope in a situation that often seems beyond hopeless politically, motivating us to persevere. But how can it be done? Friendship Across Borders works for reconciliation in small groups of Israelis, Palestinians, and Germans in intensive seminars that try …Read More

Germany’s Free Democrats stand a good chance of returning to national government after the German election next month. Polls suggest that the liberal party – “liberal” in the classical European sense, not the contemporary American one – could become the coalition partner of Chancellor Angela Merkel, thus helping her to stay in office for a fourth term. …Read More

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