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  Business and Economics Trump just signed a ‘buy American’ order, but his own businesses don’t (Business Insider) How Donald Trump affects America’s tourist business (The Economist) Probe could lead to duties on all steel imports (Politico) Schauble defends German trade surplus in the …Read More

As international delegates begin arriving in Washington, DC, for the first IMF/World Bank semi-annual meetings of the Trump era, among the biggest question facing leaders from around the world is what to make of the Trump administration’s frequently faulty understanding of how the world works. One cannot, for instance, read U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s …Read More

In the last sixty years, the institutionalized cooperation between sovereign nation states in Europe has been a major success. Underpinned by a U.S. commitment to the defense of Europe, European integration has delivered the longest period of peace and prosperity across most of Europe since the times of the Roman Empire. However, sixty years after the …Read More

Europe is beset with multiple, intersecting challenges and crises, among them unwelcome inward migration, suffocating indebtedness in the southern tier, rising populist nationalism evident from Britain and France to Hungary and Poland, and residue from the 2008 economic/euro crisis, to name the more prominent ones. Less noticed or commented is the European Union’s need to …Read More

Panel Discussion at the German Historical Institute. Speakers: Kathleen Canning (University of Michigan), Rüdiger Graf (Center for Contemporary History Potsdam), Donna Harsch (Carnegie Mellon University), and Dirk Schumann (University of Göttingen), and moderated by David Clay Large (University of San Francisco/University of California, Berkeley) This panel will bring together Weimar historians to address the history …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics U.S.-China trade scorecard: advantage China (USA Today) How Trump can Improve the Messy U.S.-Chinese Economic Relationship (NYT) Germany criticizes Trump executive orders on trade (Deutsche Welle) As U.S. targets Berlin on Trade, German Manufacturers Lobby Trump (NYT) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

Transatlantic relations face turbulent times, as do international relations in general. Uncertainty is on both sides of the Atlantic. On the European side, we see the so-called “polycrisis,” a juxtaposition of several crises at the same time, profoundly challenging Europe and European integration. On the other side of the Atlantic, the election of Donald Trump …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany Said to Seek Early U.K. Brexit Pledge to Pay Its EU Bill (Bloomberg) Trump is wrong to criticise Germany over trade – he should look closer to home (The Guardian) German firms report Brexit will ‘seriously damage’ business with …Read More

March 29, 2017 marks an historic day for Europe: The British government has handed over the official letter for exiting the European Union to EU president Donald Tusk. This move, the so-called Brexit, is an important event in EU integration—perhaps a watershed. So far, the integration process has been marked by continuous deepening toward an …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany to take legal action if Trump taxes imports (DW) Germany should ditch austerity, embrace EU investment: Gabriel (The Business Times) China’s Taxes on Imported Cars Feed Trade Tensions With U.S. (NYT) Business groups draw battle lines over Obamacare replacement …Read More

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