Political priorities are shaped not only by social and economic issues, but also the global arena. Balancing domestic priorities and foreign policy demands will continue to drive the discourse between the White House and Congress as well as those of the Chancellery and the Bundestag. Understanding the political landscape is essential to maintaining German-American cooperation, and making sure the partnership can adjust to new challenges.

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

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

The transatlantic partnership is currently in a state of uncertainty. Not only the transition from President Obama to President Trump, but also the populist eruption in many European countries reflects a conservative wave moving across U.S. and European politics. The societal divide phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic challenges the transatlantic relationship more than …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

 The British EU-referendum of 2016 resulted in a 51.9 percent majority in favor of Brexit. There are, however, serious doubts about whether this referendum was an orderly one. One can also raise the issue of why the anti-EU immigration rhetoric of both the Cameron and May governments was so misleading: They argued that immigration from …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

The German-American relationship has gone from Bush 41’s call for a Partnership in Leadership to Trump’s view of Germany as one of America’s adversaries.  His National Security Advisor and top economic advisor recently explained the Trump administration’s view of foreign policy: as one in which, “[T]he world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena …Read More

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