The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) has released the results of its 2011 Transatlantic Trends: Immigration survey. Conducted via phone surveys of more than 13,000 European and North American residents (in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), this survey assesses public opinion of immigration issues. Questions range …Read More

I was speaking with a German friend at a European think tank a few days ago. He was swamped with press inquiries. “Journalists only want to know one thing,” he told me:  “What does Angela Merkel want?” I have often asked myself the same question. Of course, only the German Chancellor can really answer that …Read More

Joining the growing number of high profile warnings on the future of the European and world economies, World Bank researchers gravely take note of the euro zone’s eroding gross domestic product, which is expected to decline 8.5 percent in the coming year. Given this path, they are asking themselves “what will happen, when large euro …Read More

Statistics indicate that the instance of cyberattacks continues to increase despite improvements in detection of malicious software.  Mr. Jan Neutze contends that in light of the increasing prevalence of cybersecurity breaches, governments should adopt risk-based approaches to protect themselves against cyberattacks.  Risk-based cybersecurity methods rely on experts determining areas of security weakness, containing attackers following …Read More

Ms. Kirsten Verclas urges that nations such as the U.S. and Germany move to create more regional electricity grids to decrease vulnerability of their electricity supply. Centralized energy grids are often cited as a potential target for terrorists and prove vulnerable in environmental disasters. One must not look beyond the example of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction …Read More

As consumers, insurance companies, and the federal government await the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one health insurance provider has stepped up to the plate and promised to maintain some of the law’s consumer protections even if the law is struck down. On June 11, the UnitedHealth Group …Read More

The Arab awakening that commenced late in 2010 has precipitated vast political changes in Arab nations. While the upheaval continues in many societies, nations such as Egypt and Tunisia continue to alter the structure of their societies in an effort to move away from totalitarian regimes.  Admittedly, the success of these revolutions remains mixed, and …Read More

Determining the economic policy approach of the United States for the next four years, Americans have the opportunity in November to remain with President Barack Obama or switch to Republican presidential nominee-to-be Mitt Romney. But what would a Romney presidency mean for the transatlantic partnership? Over the weekend, Glenn Hubbard sent a very clear answer …Read More

In the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, pollsters consistently found that a majority of Germans supported the closing of Germany’s remaining nuclear power plants. The anti-atomic sentiment culminated in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s announcement of an Energiewende, energy transformation, which would shift Germany from nuclear to renewable energy. As the project progresses from rhetoric …Read More

On Wednesday, the international agency Moody’s downgraded the credit rating for seven German financial institutions. Commerzbank AG, Germany’s second largest bank, stands among the downgraded financial institutions. Some experts contend that the nation’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, will also soon face a downgrade in its credit rating. Despite the strength of the German economy, this …Read More

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