In his essay 50 Years After: What Germany and Turkey Need is a State Treaty, Rana Deep Islam, Ph.D. student at Erlangen University and former DAAD/AICGS Fellow, reflects on the current state of German citizens with a Turkish background following the 50th anniversary of the guest workers agreement between Germany and Turkey. According to Mr. Islam, while German politics have been slow to fully welcome Turkish integration, Berlin must act quickly to forge stronger ties with Ankara.
Could Germany be holding Europe back from presenting a clear-cut foreign policy? In a commentary originally published with the Körber Stiftung entitled Deutschlands Außenpolitik aus europäischer Perspektive, Dr. Ulrich Speck, Global Europe Publicist and former AICGS Fellow, explains what Germany’s unpredictable foreign policy, unlike those of Paris and London, could mean for Europe.
In his essay Is Europe’s Troubled Marriage Doomed?, Stefan Theil, Newsweek’s Berlin Bureau Chief and AICGS contributor, analyzes the effects of the divide between Europe’s states to the north and those to south on the ongoing debt crisis. By also explaining the euro zone crisis in an American context, he looks to build an understanding of how the crisis started, as well as what it could mean for the feeble U.S. economic recovery.
Will Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resign as promised, and if so, what will become of Italy in his wake? Born and raised in Rome, Alexander Privitera, Washington based Special Correspondent for the German news channel N24 and frequent AICGS contributor, attempts to explain what the likely scenario could be if, and when, Berlusconi steps down in his essay Nightmare in Rome. Having witnessed his rise to power in the 90s, Mr. Privitera argues that Prime Minster Berlusconi’s fall from power will lead Italy down a tough and uncertain road.