A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Blind Spots in Trump’s Trade Tirade Against Germany (New York Times) Angela Merkel: Trump can’t stop us on Paris deal (Politico) Foreign and Domestic Policy A 30-year-old party leader is trying to remake Austria (The Economist) A polling shift suggests …Read More

Although stock markets have demonstrated an initial positive reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the new administration’s inward-looking economic policy agenda with the motto “America First” has also brought new challenges and uncertainty to the future of transatlantic and international economic cooperation. To mention a few: certain aspects of tax reform, deliberate introduction …Read More

Governance of the European Union just became more complicated. On May 16, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its ruling over which European institutions had “competence” over different provisions of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (Singapore FTA). In short, who gets to speak for Europe on which issues in trade negotiations? In the midst …Read More

After the protectionist rhetoric of the Trump campaign and discord between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the rest of the G20 finance ministers on free trade in March, the outlook in Europe regarding international economic cooperation with the United States has been pessimistic. Much has been made of the U.S.’ new aversion to free trade …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics John Kennedy and Illiberalism (AICGS) ECB plays down Brexit threat to Eurozone economy (Financial Times) OPEC Agrees to Extend Crude Output Caps (Wall Street Journal) Foreign and Domestic Politics Trump Meets NATO Officials in Brussels (NPR Morning Edition) Merkel threatens to …Read More

May 29 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. Kennedy may be well known not only to Germans, but more widely in the democratic world for his June 26, 1963, speech where he defied Soviet communism by declaring “Ich bin ein Berliner.” But …Read More

The transatlantic relationship is undergoing a fundamental shift in that the idea of the West as a community of values and interests is in question—not only since the election of the new U.S. president and Brexit, but also since populist forces have gained ground on the European continent. The last year has revealed a fundamental …Read More

All eyes will be on Donald Trump when he attends the international summits of NATO and the G7 at the end of May. On his first trip to Europe he is also set to meet the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker. Policymakers in Brussels and across …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics German business leaders urge Tories to rethink plan to leave single market (The Guardian) Germany’s car city drives on after Dieselgate (Politico EU) What NAFTA talks could mean for U.S. consumers and business (USA Today) ECB officials clash over QE …Read More

Coming to grips with the proliferation of populist movements in Europe is not a new preoccupation. Right-wing and left-wing protest parties have long been part of the political landscape. Until recently, they have not advanced much beyond the local or regional levels of support and some have almost completely disappeared over time. Yet today we …Read More

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