Generates insights into the institutional, political, cultural, and historical factors that shape our responses to deepening economic integration and the challenges of globalization. Current issues in the Business & Economics Program include the Debt Crisis, responding to the end of the years of plenty by comparing German and American responses to the crisis. It looks at macroeconomic discrepancies and their potential threat to national security, studies the responses of central banks and fiscal authorities to current challenges, and analyzes transatlantic trade and growth. In the area of Financial Regulation it examines the potential impact on credit intermediation and growth. Educating the Future Workforce is an ongoing challenge for the United States and Europe. Lessons on work-based learning systems and their role in boosting employment and economic growth can be learned from other countries’ experience in developing multiple career pathways for their citizens.

The year 2016 has been characterized by growing uncertainty about the strength of the global economy: uncertainty about the ability of emerging markets—and especially China—to successfully address cyclical and structural weaknesses in their economies; uncertainty about the impact of the slowdown on advanced economies, namely the United States and Europe; and uncertainty about the impact …Read More

Justus Dreyling

Justus Dreyling is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in May and June 2016. He is a PhD candidate in Political Science (International Political Economy) at Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a master’s degree from Freie Universität Berlin and was a DAAD Visiting Junior Researcher at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University …Read More

Thomas Hinz

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hinz is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from May 1 to June 30, 2016. His research at AICGS focuses on the contexts of ethnic discrimination in rental housing markets. Based on rich empirical data from field experiments, he investigates different forms of discrimination against migrants with a Turkish background when they apply for …Read More

“The very notion of a grand scheme of things is a nightmarish obscenity.” – Thomas Ligotti, author of Songs of a Dead Dreamer In the years since the Great Recession began, political elites in Germany have pondered a critical question: how can Germany retain its economic growth in a world of increasing industrial competition and …Read More

This is the third annual Transatlantic Dialogue of the States, Cities, and Communities hosted by AICGS. While German-American relations focus mainly on the connections between Berlin and Washington, this event will feature mayors, municipal leaders, and immigration and integration experts to talk about both the challenges and commitments to integrating immigrants and refugees at the …Read More

This Issue Brief is the result of a conference co-hosted by AICGS, the Center for International Security and Governance (CISG), and the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre Praktischer Politik (BAPP) in Bonn in November 2015, entitled “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: European and American Perspectives.” The possibility of a transatlantic trade agreement has …Read More

Immediately after the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings, AICGS Non-resident Senior Fellow Peter Rashish dials in from across the Atlantic for a discussion with AICGS Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera on the questions and concerns that emerged from the gathering in Washington. Amid a dimmed growth outlook for the global economy, there are multiple challenges ahead for …Read More

March 13 saw strong voter support in three German state elections for the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party. Fueled by continuing waves of incoming refugees, anxiety is building in a country that just a decade ago started to see immigration as an opportunity. Together with its European neighbors, Germany is now facing tremendous pressure …Read More

Trudeaumania 2.0—the sense of hope and optimism once again coming from a young, liberal prime minister north of the border—has so far found greatest resonance in concrete steps like an openness to refugees, a gender-balanced cabinet, and climate change activism. The new Canadian government’s decision to increase government spending by nearly $100 billion over six …Read More

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble was forced by Jens Weidmann,  president of the powerful Bundesbank, to publicly state that he fully respects the independence of the European Central Bank (ECB) and its decisions, thus ending a week of controversy about the unconventional monetary policies of the ECB. Schäuble had previously stepped up his criticism of …Read More

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