Engraved on the U.S. dollar bill are the words “in God we trust.” The sarcastic extension of that phrase says “all others pay cash.” It seems that forces rampant in the U.S. and in Europe are trending toward a decline in trust in leaders, currency, and in governments overall. Public opinion polls… Read more >
Croatia on the Verge of Joining the European Union: Outlook after the release of the latest EU monitoring report
On March 26th, the European Commission released its last monitoring report on Croatia, which concludes that the country is ready to join the EU in July 2013. This will, in all likelihood, convince the remaining EU member states to ratify Croatia’s EU accession treaty. What are the outstanding issues in Croatia’s EU… Read more >
Simon Green is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe at Aston University in the UK. This article first appeared on CNN.com on 23 January 2013 and can be found here. There will be few set-piece events in David Cameron’s political career that will be more eagerly awaited… Read more >
Three Scenarios As the U.S. recalibrates its relationship with the EU in the second Obama administration, it behooves observers to contemplate different trajectories for the EU’s future. The three possible scenarios of Disintegrating Europe, Diffident Europe, and Decisive Europe range from a pessimistic outlook to an optimistic one. In Disintegrating Europe, current… Read more >
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened a new Embassy in Berlin this week and used that platform to assert not only Germany’s importance for Turkey, but also to underscore Turkey’s changing perception of itself and its options. Standing in front of the largest Turkish Embassy in the world, Erdoğan spoke… Read more >
Since the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the U.S. and Europe have shared a common interest to foster stability in the western Balkans region and to support the country’s progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration. This, however, overshadows the fact that there are some issues on which the U.S. and the… Read more >
On July 31, 2012, AICGS hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of the EU with German Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Link. The event was supported by the Foreign and Domestic Policy Program. Mr. Link applauded the strict economic reforms implemented by the accession countries to the European Union from Central and Eastern Europe during the post-1989 enlargements. Mr. Link argued that Spain, Portugal, and Greece, all states that joined prior to this stricter process, are now undergoing these delayed reforms, but have to do so faster and find themselves under far greater stress. As a result, Europe must complete this turbulent reform to overcome its current economic obstacles.
Angela Merkel wants more Europe. Despite the widespread skepticism among Germans about many of their European partners and their ability to measure up to German standards of fiscal responsibility, the Chancellor wants more Europe. She also wants to assign more authority to Europe, i.e. to the EU or the structures which make… Read more >
On February 14, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung hosted a lecture and discussion featuring Peer Steinbrück, former German Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron may be in for a not so warm welcome in his visit to Berlin this week. According to his essay “Of Cakes and their Consumption – Reflections on the UK’s Position within the EU,” Dr. Simon Green, Professor of Politics at Aston University, UK, and a frequent contributor to the AICGS Advisor, argues that EU member states are becoming increasingly frustrated with the UK’s approach toward the Union. What is said this weekend between Prime Minister Cameron and Chancellor Merkel could signal whether the UK is already being pushed to the periphery of the EU.