Explores the factors shaping important foreign and domestic policy debates in the United States, Germany, and Europe as they pertain to German-American relations and the German role in the international arena. The Foreign & Domestic Policy Program includes analysis of International Security Issues, including the twenty-first century challenge of Cybersecurity. It examines local and national Elections, and the role of Leadership in transatlantic policymaking. The program attempts to gain insight into appropriate reactions and responses to a variety of transatlantic challenges, including the German-American relationship with China, security and defense, climate, energy, immigration, intelligence, health care, terrorism, and relations with the Middle East, including Turkey.

Germany’s summer vacation is about to be in full force and, with it, the so-called summer hole (Sommerloch). It’s often a silly time in the news, but is also a temporary respite before the political headwinds get stronger in the remaining eight weeks before the national elections on September 24. Chancellor Merkel may be going …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Karlsruhe stärk die kleinen Gewerkschaften (SZ) German media giant Bertelsmann increases stake in Britain’s Penguin book chain (DW) Germany’s Gabriel sees ‘deal’ with China on e-car quota (DW) Oh Dear, der Brexit verteuert das Breakfast (FAZ) Foreign and Domestic Policy Stark Muskeln, …Read More

Net Neutrality is the concept that everyone should have equal access to all online content (email, video, music, websites) without Internet providers being able to throttle, block, or discriminate against any type of content. It is in jeopardy in the United States. At least this was the impression everyone could get going online on July …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics The E.U.-Japan Trade Deal: What’s in It and Why It Matters (New York Times) Why Germany’s current-account surplus is bad for the world economy (The Economist) Erste Festnahme im Dieselskandal (Der Spiegel) Domestic and Foreign Policy Merkel calls for greater investment in …Read More

Three months from now, Germans will go to the polls to elect a new government. While German voters are not as subjected to a permanent election campaign mode as are American voters, the weeks leading up to the September 24 elections will be increasingly marked by the stand-off between Angela Merkel and her SPD rival Martin …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics The European Commission levies a huge fine on Google (The Economist) ‘Pharma bro’ Shkreli’s trial begins as ex-pharma CEO faces allegations of cheating investors (Deutsche Welle) GE CEO criticizes President Trump on China and the Paris Accords (The Atlantic) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

For both Germany and the United States, China has become a foreign policy priority: a major strategic competitor in the Asia-Pacific region for the United States, and a willing partner on the topic of trade, technological development, and climate change for Germany. For the next two years, the United States and Europe will be in …Read More

Germany and the United States have the two largest migrant populations in the world. Almost 47 million immigrants lived in the United States in 2015 and around 12 million in Germany. Looking at the migrant share of the total population however, neither country makes it into the top 25. In each, the percentage of migrants …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics How Chinese overcapacity hits American workers (The Economist) Campaigning for a ‘Strong and Stable’ German Economy (The Wall Street Journal) What the German economic model can teach Emmanuel Macron (The Economist) Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms (Reuters) Foreign …Read More

After the past month of contention over the shortfall by the NATO European allies, and particularly Germany, on the now well-known NATO guideline to spend a “minimum of 2% of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defense…[and] aim to move towards the 2% guideline within a decade with a view to meeting their NATO Capability …Read More

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