While the global economy has overcome many of the effects of the financial crisis, slow growth, job losses in traditional sectors, and increasing inequality are testing the ability of governments in advanced economies like the United States and Germany to provide broad-based prosperity. A high-standard, rules-based international trading system and well-regulated financial markets will continue to be important drivers of economic growth and a focus of attention for governments and business alike.

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

This year’s Symposium is framed around the idea of “A New Transatlantic Generation.” We know that German-American relations have long been shaped by the personal connections that were established after World War II and held firm throughout the Cold War. Since reunification, however, there has been a rapid drawdown of the American troop presence in …Read More

In this study, Jörg Bibow, Professor of Economics at Skidmore College, assesses the ECB’s crisis management performance and potential for crisis resolution. Part of AICGS’ focus on analysis of the euro crisis, the study investigates the institutional and functional constraints that delineate the ECB’s scope for policy action under crisis conditions and how the ECB has actually used …Read More

Following the recent and ongoing turmoil in financial markets, largely triggered by the growing uncertainty about the health of the Chinese economy, financial investors have started to expect and demand more actions from the European Central Bank (ECB). In a research note, the British bank Barclays went as far as predicting “more easing before year-end.” …Read More

Greece and its international creditors moved closer to securing a third bailout on Tuesday, paving the way for national parliaments to vote on the agreement before a crucial repayment to the European Central Bank (ECB) is due on August 20. The prospect of a deal is once again spurring an emotional debate among German politicians …Read More

On July 9, AICGS hosted a roundtable discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with a delegation from the German Bundestag as well as representatives of the AFL-CIO and the German trade union IG Metall. The discussion revolved around the question as to whether TTIP would represent a race to the bottom or …Read More

The tough negotiations that led to a deal to negotiate another deal between Greece and its creditors can certainly not be described as the finest hour in the history of the European Union. The result of a long weekend of exhausting talks is merely a chance to put things back on track, for Greece as …Read More

The past few days have certainly been rich with dramatic twists and turns in the Greek drama. Nobody knows with certainty how the story will end—not the Greek politicians, the German creditors, or least of all me. However, given the amount of noise and sometimes childish excitement on all sides, it is worth the effort …Read More

The events in Greece have taken us on an emotional roller coaster in the past week. After missing a payment to the IMF on Tuesday, Greeks voted on Sunday to reject a fiscal proposal by the country’s creditors. Across the Atlantic, all eyes are fixed on the small European nation with a population roughly the …Read More

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