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.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations  Geoeconomics German carmakers face new scandal over antitrust issues (New York Times) German unemployment edges up in summer job market lull (Deutsche Welle) Lufthansa macht Rekordgewinn (Spiegel Online) Bitcoin divides to rule (The Economist) Foreign & Domestic Policy Russia’s military drills near NATO …Read More

Will the FDP be returning to the stage of national government after the German elections next month? Maybe. Current polls suggest the Free Democratic Party (FDP) could be the coalition partner to a reelected Chancellor Merkel and the CDU/CSU, resuming a role that it played for decades. The question is whether the FDP can pull it …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Das geheime Kartell der deutschen Autobauer (Spiegel) So wichtig sind VW, BMW und Daimler für Deutschland (SDZ) German media groups to form data alliance (DW) Japan spending uptick ends 16-month lull (DW) Foreign and Domestic Policy US Sanctions Expert: European concerns are …Read More

It’s two months before the German election on September 24, and the Green Party is struggling to gain traction. Recent polls project single-digit support, with few indications of improvement. Not too long ago, speculation about a government led by Angela Merkel with the Green Party as a coalition partner was not unusual. That option seems …Read More

As host of this year’s G20 summit, Hamburg swelled with world leaders and their entourages. It was an opportunity to show off Germany’s second-largest city to the global public. The G20, however, attracted more than heads of state. Thousands of protestors converged on the city to voice opposition to capitalism and globalization. The scale of …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Why the spectre of a hard Brexit has European airlines worried (The Economist) EU promises trade war if Trump imposes steel restrictions (Foreign Policy) Sexist Audi commercial sparks backlash in China (Deutsche Welle) ExxonMobil has been fined for an ‘egregious’ violation of …Read More

On June 15, the US Senate approved an act to sharply expand sanctions imposed on Russia in retaliation for its intervention in eastern Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014. The broadly bi-partisan move that enshrined Barack Obama’s earlier executive orders – intended as a response to Moscow’s alleged cyber interference in US elections – …Read More

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

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