The career and success of Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who died at age 89 on March 30, illustrate the strength of continuity in office. Such continuity has long been a feature of German political life:  Konrad Adenauer headed the Federal Republic’s government for fourteen years, Walter Ulbricht the German Democratic Republic’s for seventeen; and Angela Merkel, chancellor …Read More

Germany’s announcement that it was expelling the CIA station chief in Berlin has taken U.S.-German relations to a new low, engendering anger on the part of Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Barack Obama’s favorite foreign leader. The expulsion is designed by Berlin not only to make clear the government’s rejection of American spying practices in Germany. …Read More

On her two-day trip to Washington last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel spent four and a half hours in conversation and a working lunch with President Barack Obama, with a visit to the White House capped by a look at Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden. Merkel’s visit was chiefly intended as an ostentatious display of German-American unity …Read More

For the past eleven years, Germany’s Washington embassy has annually commissioned an international research firm, Frank N. Magid Associates, to poll Americans on their opinions about Germany. The most recent survey, in November 2013, shows 57 percent with a strong—positive—impression of Germany and only 6 percent with a poor one. This is the highest approval …Read More

As German-American political relations endure the greatest strain since the 2003 Iraq war, Senior Visiting Fellow at the German Historical Institute Dr. Robert Gerald Livingston argues that it is time for Germany to adopt a greater role in the western intelligence apparatus, the Five Eyes, and it is incumbent on the United States to apologize for the “breach of trust.”

On the occasion of the AICGS 30th Anniversary Symposium in Berlin on June 12, 2013, Founding Director, Dr. Gerald Livingston, proposed a set of four core issues for Germany as a global leader. He argues that these issues avoid claims of hegemonic aspirations and therefore, are prime opportunities for whatever German government emerges after the September elections.

Robert Gerald Livingston explores the motives for U.S. troop reduction in Germany, as well as the potential consequences for such a move. What effect, if any, could this have on Germany’s role in Europe’s defense plans?