Earlier this November, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission released its 2017 report, recommending that the U.S. investment screening mechanism, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), be updated. This follows closely on the heels of a bill, introduced by Republican Senators Richard Burr and John Cornyn along with Democrat Dianne …Read More

The annual conference of the parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an important venue for stakeholders to highlight the blind spots of international climate protection efforts. The transport sector was one of them at this year’s COP23 in Bonn, missing from most countries’ climate pledges under the Paris …Read More

The collapse of the talks to form a new German government following the election of seven parties (counting the Bavarian CSU as a party separate from the CDU) to the Bundestag opens up the prospect of Germany returning to the conditions which led to the collapse of the Weimar Republic in 1933. Like Weimar, the …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics The myth about NAFTA and jobs (Foreign Affairs) German, Italian growth add fuel to Eurozone recovery (The Wall Street Journal) Novel cancer treatment leads Bayer to US firm (Handelsblatt) Wind-turbine industry struggles with foreign competition and falling subsidies (Handelsblatt) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

With the digital transformation unfolding across the OECD’s wealthy democracies, all eyes are on California. The land of self-driving cars and artificial intelligence, California has captured the imaginations not just of consumers, but also of policymakers in the world’s most economically powerful countries. The future looks Californian. But while leaders in the United States, France, …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics “We’re engaged”: Alaska gets Chinese backing for natural gas project (Reuters) A proposal for the Eurozone: Franco-German bonds (Politico) Carmakers will face watered down EU targets to cut CO2 emissions (Handelsblatt) Every country is a tax haven (The Atlantic) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

In the 1980s British satire Yes, Prime Minister, when reeling at the cost of defense, the British prime minister asks wistfully whether they couldn’t just persuade the Americans to strengthen their forces instead. His aide advises against it, and against relying on European forces, who are just “all right… on weekdays, anyway.” From the British …Read More

When it comes to regulation, no phrase so aptly expresses the Silicon Valley ethos better than Ben Horowitz’s maxim that, “in Silicon Valley, when you’re a private company, the entrepreneur can do no wrong.” For years now, Silicon Valley has ridden a wave of success, buoyed by the assumption that big tech was immune to …Read More

It is beyond doubt that transatlantic relations are not in their best condition, in particular traditional areas of cooperation such as trade or security and defense. There is no real alternative for this cooperation, so strengthening it should be in the interest of both sides of the Atlantic. However, given the unclear stance of the …Read More

With the Eurozone emerging from years of economic crisis, the reform of the currency union is now in the limelight. After the “election year” in Europe, the reform momentum has increased with the election of a reform-minded centrist president in France whose ambitious reform proposals include a Eurozone budget and a Brussels-based finance minister. Even more importantly, …Read More

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