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.

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

An AICGS essay “A New Narrative for German-American Relations” by Dr. Jackson Janes and Mr. Yixiang Xu is now published in the “2017 Annual Development Report of Germany” in Mandarin by the Chinese Social Sciences Academy Press. This is the second year AICGS experts have contributed to the annual report which is sponsored by the …Read More

Dan Plesch’s new book, Human Rights after Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes, sheds light on the existence of a little-known agency founded amid the atrocities of World War II: the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC). Predating Nuremberg, the Rwandan tribunals, and Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court, the UNWCC identified, …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder Takes Seat on Rosneft Board (Die Welle) German Jobless Rate Falls Once More (Die Welle) Deutsche Bank Rating Cut by Fitch (Bloomberg) Global Food Fight: he Unstoppable Rise of Aldi and Lidl (Handelsblatt) Foreign and Domestic Policy Rise of German Far-Right …Read More

The results of the German election will have important implications for Europe and the transatlantic relationship. Here is a first take on what this means for transatlantic relations. Chancellor Merkel would win this week’s version of the Washington Post’s Worst Week award. The key take away from Sunday’s election is that Merkel was substantially weakened, …Read More

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