The German automobile industry has been facing significant obstacles since last September, when Volkswagen (VW) admitted to cheating on U.S. admissions tests by installing software that would deceive regulators in up to 11 million diesel vehicles around the world, causing VW’s market value to drop by billions of euros and the firing of its long-time …Read More

Introduction In 2011, EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht stated that “America and Europe may often bicker, but in the end we know we are each other’s partner of choice.” The same is often applied to the German-American relationship. We take it for granted just as much as we take our knowledge of each other—our …Read More

On 3 December 2015, AICGS convened a seminar with DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow Dr. May-Britt U. Stumbaum, who presented her findings on the benefits and challenges of transatlantic cooperation on China. With their diverging response to the Chinese-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) seen as backlash to the transatlantic relationship, the United States and Germany have …Read More

The ongoing refugee crisis has exposed new cracks in the European Union. While some European leaders, including those in the German government, had been reluctant to define the debt crisis as a threat to the very existence of the monetary union in past years, they seem to be less shy about describing the impact of …Read More

In January 2013, eleven euro zone states, including France, Germany, and Italy, decided to introduce a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) with the goal of making the financial sector contribute to the cost of economic recovery after the 2008 financial crisis as well as creating disincentives for speculative trading.[1] At first sight, the case of the …Read More

On November 17, 2015 in Bonn, Germany, a panel of experts from the United States and Germany will convene for a dialogue on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).   It features a podium discussion between State Secretary Ulrich Kelber, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Peter Chase, and Thea Lee, moderated by Dr. Jan Philipp Burgard.  AICGS …Read More

A delegation of business leaders, led by German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel, visited Iran in July, just weeks after the U.S. and Iran reached a nuclear deal. Although some are skeptical of the deal and Iran’s desire to fully cooperate, several German corporations see the thaw in relations—and subsequent visit—as a reason for optimism from …Read More

U.S. companies with European business will most likely mark 6 October 2015 as a dark day on their calendars. The highest EU court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, declared a fifteen-year-old longstanding EU decision authorizing a EU/US Safe Harbor “invalid.” The judgment is not appealable. This is a serious issue for the …Read More

In a recently published interview, John Kornblum, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and an AICGS Trustee, shares his views on the challenges Europe faces in a complex and continuously changing world, from issues such as globalization and the role of the United States in international governance to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). To …Read More

This week’s successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations is a major historical milestone. It is the first part – along with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – of the U.S. Administration’s strategy to create updated rules for the global economy that take account of important new phenomena like global value chains, …Read More

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