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.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics “We’re engaged”: Alaska gets Chinese backing for natural gas project (Reuters) A proposal for the Eurozone: Franco-German bonds (Politico) Carmakers will face watered down EU targets to cut CO2 emissions (Handelsblatt) Every country is a tax haven (The Atlantic) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

It is beyond doubt that transatlantic relations are not in their best condition, in particular traditional areas of cooperation such as trade or security and defense. There is no real alternative for this cooperation, so strengthening it should be in the interest of both sides of the Atlantic. However, given the unclear stance of the …Read More

With the Eurozone emerging from years of economic crisis, the reform of the currency union is now in the limelight. After the “election year” in Europe, the reform momentum has increased with the election of a reform-minded centrist president in France whose ambitious reform proposals include a Eurozone budget and a Brussels-based finance minister. Even more importantly, …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics The limits of Russian sanctions (Handelsblatt) Visegrad cools on Europe and each other (Politico) The Bitcoin bubble (The Economist) Weakened NAFTA, WTO would pave way for conflict (The Wall Street Journal) Foreign and Domestic Policy EU silence over Catalan leader’s call for …Read More

Although for more than 70 years common values were invoked to keep the transatlantic partnership together, now is the time to assert shared U.S.-German interests.

The United States may have two major political parties, but it is becoming clear that it has four economic families: Small government + free trade = Mainstream Republicans Small government + protectionism = Populist Republicans Big government + protectionism = Populist Democrats Big government + free trade = Mainstream Democrats If it is true that …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics German business confidence at an all-time high (Deutsche Welle) Europe’s chances for wage boom look slim (The Wall Street Journal) Investors waiting in the wings as bankrupt Air Berlin makes final flight (Deutsche Welle) Foreign and Domestic Policy Administration begins to implement …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics President Donald Trump’s trade balance accusation ignores the digital sector (Handelsblatt) EU leaders differ in assessment of Brexit Progress (Deutsche Welle) Chinese takeovers in Europe: the dragon’s return (Handelsblatt) Report: Pollution killing more people than war and violence, also causing huge economic …Read More

AICGS welcomed Martin Zielke, a top executive of the German banking industry, for a discussion on “The State of the European (Banking) Union.” Mr. Zielke addressed the impact of the September 24th German federal elections and their implications for European integration from a business perspective. He elaborated on how Commerzbank is adjusting its business model to …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Trump sets NAFTA goals: dilute pact’s force, weaken regional bonds (Wall Street Journal) EU bid for gas talks with Moscow falters (Reuters) European fintechs licensing to become simpler (Handelsblatt) Bitcoin reaches new milestone by smashing past $5,000 mark (Bloomberg) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

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