A high-standard, open global economy requires a regular update to its rules and the right division of labor between domestic and international economic policies to remain a driver of prosperity for the United States, Germany, and the European Union. The Geoeconomics Program has three main areas of focus. Trade and Financial Governance examines the trade, financial, and monetary policies that governments can draw upon to create dynamic, sustainable, and inclusive growth, and to promote their global economic interests. Educating the Future Workforce assesses ongoing workforce development and labor market challenges for the United States and Europe. It seeks lessons on work-based learning systems from other countries’ experiences that can be applied to the United States to boost employment and economic growth. The focus of Energy and Climate Policy is to examine European energy security, and the economic impact of energy and environmental policies.

Sven Hilgers is research fellow at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science of the Freie Universität Berlin. As part of the research project “Credit Lending as Two-Level Game: Troika-Debtor Negotiations in the Eurozone,” he analyzes the process of negotiation and implementation of financial assistance programs in the Eurozone. His dissertation project investigates the change of the …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

“Everything must change so that everything can stay the same.” So wrote Lampedusa in The Leopard about a Sicilian aristocracy coping with revolutions in nineteenth century Italy. But this phrase could apply to twenty-first century Germany as well. Lampedusa’s insight was not that the clock could be stopped to produce some kind of political stasis. …Read More

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and the Representative for German Industry and Trade hosted a small, private luncheon on Wednesday, April 6th with Professor Dieter Kempf, the new President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Prof. Kempf was the Chairman of DATEV, one of Europe’s largest IT service providers, for the past …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

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Autobahn Row Hits German Election (The Guardian) German Election Campaign Shaken Up By Thyssenkrupp-Tata Deal (Bloomberg) Fed Poised to Set Porfolio Reduction Plan in Motion (Wall Street Journal) Jockeying for the Finance Post (Handelsblatt) Foreign and Domestic Policy Going into Election, Germans …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Why electric cars won’t save European auto makers (Wall Street Journal) ‘Sick’ Pilots throw Air Berlin into chaos (Handelsblatt) Deutsche Börse leaves a bad taste (Bloomberg) Capacity cuts in China fuel a commodity rally and a debate (The Economist) Foreign and Domestic Policy How Angela Merkel is …Read More

Andreas Kluth, Editor-in-Chief of Handelsblatt Global, provided a Berlin insider’s view of the key transatlantic and European economic issues at stake in the German elections – from a Franco-German meeting of the minds on Eurozone reform, to TTIP redux, to the politics of the German trade surplus. Andreas Kluth became editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt Global in …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics ECB says Eurozone set for fastest growth since 2007 (BBC) U.S. Senate approves doubling disaster aid package, extending borrowing limit (Washington Post) Equifax data breach may affect up to 143 million American consumers (The Wall Street Journal) Foreign & Domestic Policy Four …Read More

The German elections are just over two weeks away on September 24.  Chancellor Angela Merkel is nearly certain to be reelected to a fourth term, so the main unknown surrounds her choice of coalition partner(s). Will it be another grand coalition with the left-of-center Social Democrats (the SPD may wish some time in opposition), two-party …Read More

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