In 2012, the short documentary “Kony 2012” by the NGO Invisible Children created a social media blitz and massive public support for intervention against the warlord Joseph Kony in Uganda. Partially as a result of the public attention, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to support the African Union in a military intervention against Kony. …Read More

The United States may have two major political parties, but it is becoming clear that it has four economic families: Small government + free trade = Mainstream Republicans Small government + protectionism = Populist Republicans Big government + protectionism = Populist Democrats Big government + free trade = Mainstream Democrats If it is true that …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics German business confidence at an all-time high (Deutsche Welle) Europe’s chances for wage boom look slim (The Wall Street Journal) Investors waiting in the wings as bankrupt Air Berlin makes final flight (Deutsche Welle) Foreign and Domestic Policy Administration begins to implement …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics President Donald Trump’s trade balance accusation ignores the digital sector (Handelsblatt) EU leaders differ in assessment of Brexit Progress (Deutsche Welle) Chinese takeovers in Europe: the dragon’s return (Handelsblatt) Report: Pollution killing more people than war and violence, also causing huge economic …Read More

The election Sunday was a relatively simple one. Voters chose Sebastian Kurz and his People’s Party (ÖVP) and the more right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) because they are worried about immigration and identity but preferred it with a smiling, unthreatening face.  According to electoral analysis in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, voters’ overriding concern was migration and …Read More

For many years, the state of Maine was a reliable indicator of the U.S. political mood. So much so that the phrase “As Maine goes, so goes the nation” gained currency.  Maine’s career as a political bellwether came to a crashing end in 1936, when Republican Alf Landon carried only two New England states. That led …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Trump sets NAFTA goals: dilute pact’s force, weaken regional bonds (Wall Street Journal) EU bid for gas talks with Moscow falters (Reuters) European fintechs licensing to become simpler (Handelsblatt) Bitcoin reaches new milestone by smashing past $5,000 mark (Bloomberg) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

A first post-election poll published by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen reveals three important findings regarding the German public’s assessment of the choices they made in the Bundestag election. General dissatisfaction with the results of the election: 66% of Germans polled are displeased with the results of the vote compared to only 28% who are pleased. This compares …Read More

While the recent German election has been getting all the attention, Sunday’s election in Austria is likely to be more scrutinized than normal in this consensus-oriented country. The likely winner and next chancellor is Sebastian Kurz, the leader of the center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP, the rough equivalent of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union). Kurz is …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Russian money flows into Germany despite sanctions (Deutsche Welle) Corporate taxes: Will Germany join the race to the bottom? (Handelsblatt) Fuel farewell: German companies abandon Diesel (Handelsblatt) Foreign and Domestic Policy German prosecutors close case on NSA spying scandal (Deutsche Welle) Is …Read More

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