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.

On July 9, AICGS hosted a roundtable discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with a delegation from the German Bundestag as well as representatives of the AFL-CIO and the German trade union IG Metall. The discussion revolved around the question as to whether TTIP would represent a race to the bottom or …Read More

The tough negotiations that led to a deal to negotiate another deal between Greece and its creditors can certainly not be described as the finest hour in the history of the European Union. The result of a long weekend of exhausting talks is merely a chance to put things back on track, for Greece as …Read More

The past few days have certainly been rich with dramatic twists and turns in the Greek drama. Nobody knows with certainty how the story will end—not the Greek politicians, the German creditors, or least of all me. However, given the amount of noise and sometimes childish excitement on all sides, it is worth the effort …Read More

The events in Greece have taken us on an emotional roller coaster in the past week. After missing a payment to the IMF on Tuesday, Greeks voted on Sunday to reject a fiscal proposal by the country’s creditors. Across the Atlantic, all eyes are fixed on the small European nation with a population roughly the …Read More

Over 200 Billion Euros have been handed to Greece. Additional rescue funds will probably follow. Except: The government operates in a nepotistic way and the money doesn’t go to the Greek people. Once again an endgame is imminent. Once again a state bankruptcy of Greece is impending. And once again all parties involved in the …Read More

These days, creating jobs and boosting growth are the top priorities of European policymakers. In order to do so, policymakers are focused on measures that widen firms’ funding opportunities, which have so far been largely limited to bank lending. In November 2014, the European Commission (EC) introduced a major project to create a deeper and …Read More

Orcun Kaya

Dr. Orcun Kaya is economist at the banking, financial markets, and regulation team of Deutsche Bank Research. In this role, he focuses on capital markets, corporate financing as well as financial markets infrastructures. Before joining Deutsche Bank Research, he was a research assistant and coordinator of the masters program in money and finance at Goethe …Read More

Europe is confronted with a new geopolitical landscape, with energy a major nexus.  The Russian annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine has shattered assumptions about the postwar and post-Cold War inviolability of national borders as well as much of Germany’s decades-long geo-economic relationship with Russia, called “Ostpolitik.”[1]  This policy fostered German business relations …Read More

At the beginning of 2015, as many investors grew increasingly skeptical about the prospects of the euro area’s economy and its central bank’s capacity to fight what appeared to be the beginning of a deflationary spiral of falling prices and weakening economic activity, the European Central Bank (ECB) launched its own version of quantitative easing …Read More

In 2014, Lower Saxony became the last German state to completely waive tuition fees for all students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This move comes at a time when student debt in the United States has exceeded credit card debt, totaling $1.3 trillion, and as students and their parents shell out thousands of dollars …Read More

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