AICGS Notizen, the Institute's featured blog, tracks current events in the transatlantic community. It seeks to provide quick hitting commentaries and analysis from a wide array of policy experts on how these events may shape decisions made in both Europe and the United States.

Chancellor Merkel’s recent visit to Washington, DC, created a number of quite remarkable moments that will be remembered as they marked a new tone in transatlantic relations. Not least, the meeting will be remembered for Merkel’s facial expression when the new president of the United States suggested that they share common experiences of surveillance through …Read More

It is no secret that the United States shoulders the lion’s share of NATO’s defense spending. This was true during the Cold War, where the U.S. funded roughly one-half of NATO’s budget, but has become a more contentious point for the transatlantic alliance since the end of the Cold War. For most of the post-Cold …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations  Business and Economics Trump just signed a ‘buy American’ order, but his own businesses don’t (Business Insider) How Donald Trump affects America’s tourist business (The Economist) Probe could lead to duties on all steel imports (Politico) Schauble defends German trade surplus in the …Read More

Europe is beset with multiple, intersecting challenges and crises, among them unwelcome inward migration, suffocating indebtedness in the southern tier, rising populist nationalism evident from Britain and France to Hungary and Poland, and residue from the 2008 economic/euro crisis, to name the more prominent ones. Less noticed or commented is the European Union’s need to …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics If Germany’s Got a Jobs Miracle, Not Everyone’s a Believer (Bloomberg) Machine exports to Russia: China overtakes Germany (DW) High Time to Cut Germany’s Tax Burden, Economists Tell Merkel (Bloomberg) Germany’s Schäuble promises ‘moderate’ tax cuts (DW) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

I recently visited Charlotte, North Carolina with a small group convened by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). The purpose of the trip was to examine how Charlotte, a city with a growing immigrant population, is helping to integrate migrants into the workforce. Charlotte’s immigrant population increased by nearly 875 percent between 1980 …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics U.S.-China trade scorecard: advantage China (USA Today) How Trump can Improve the Messy U.S.-Chinese Economic Relationship (NYT) Germany criticizes Trump executive orders on trade (Deutsche Welle) As U.S. targets Berlin on Trade, German Manufacturers Lobby Trump (NYT) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

In an April 2 interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN’s “Global Public Square,” GE CEO Jeff Immelt made the case for looking to Germany for clues to reviving manufacturing in hard-hit areas in the U.S. Midwest. Immelt pointed to Germany’s “great training, great infrastructure…export bank [and] tax policy.” As the U.S. debates whether trade policy has …Read More

2016 was a tumultuous year in the political economy of trade. Populists have been on the march nearly everywhere—slowed, perhaps temporarily, by Dutch elections two weeks ago. At times, the target has been nothing less than the entire postwar order. More proximately, it’s the global economy, and the agreements that undergird it, that fuel the …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany Said to Seek Early U.K. Brexit Pledge to Pay Its EU Bill (Bloomberg) Trump is wrong to criticise Germany over trade – he should look closer to home (The Guardian) German firms report Brexit will ‘seriously damage’ business with …Read More

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