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.

With U.S. President Donald Trump poised to pull the United States back from global leadership and with the United Kingdom mired in a messy withdrawal from the European Union, Germany has emerged as the central economic and political power in Europe. Since German President Joachim Gauck’s much-lauded speech at the Munich Security Conference in 2014—“Let …Read More

President Trump’s first days in the White House has generated chaos and fear with his controversial travel ban targeting seven predominately Muslim Middle Eastern countries. Intended as a swift measure by the new U.S. administration to combat international terrorism, the policy not only sparked fierce debate about its impact, with some experts suggesting the ban serves …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Trans-Atlantic Mood Sours as Merkel Refutes Trump on Euro (Bloomberg) ECB has an inflation problem … called Germany (Politico) Merkel rejects U.S. comments, says Germany cannot influence euro (Reuters) Germany’s exporters fear Trump effect on trade (Financial Times) U.S. protectionism …Read More

President Donald Trump’s sexist remarks made during the 2016 campaign, such as calling a former Miss Universe winner “Miss Piggy” or alluding to a female reporter’s menstrual cycle, have caused him to lose favor with many members of the opposite sex. However, the Women’s March that took place on his first day in office was …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Trump is right: euro has helped Germany become the China of Europe (Financial Times) Germany calls bankers to Frankfurt for Brexit move talks (Reuters) German business expectations fall as protectionism fears grow (The Wall Street Journal) German arms sales drop …Read More

How should a democracy protect itself from forces that seem intent on destroying freedom and open discourse?  The German constitution (Basic Law) establishes a “militant democracy” that is prepared to take undemocratic measures to ensure that the Federal Republic does not suffer a repeat of the cynical—and ultimately murderous—rise of the National Socialists.  Chief among …Read More

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has sent shockwaves through Berlin. Among others, Trump’s sympathetic gestures toward Russia put Germany in an awkward position: In an ironic twist of events, Germany now suddenly seems to be the hawk in relations with Russia, while Washington wants to cultivate a …Read More

It is said that Mark Twain once commented, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Maybe a more accurate version is that history doesn’t repeat itself, but people often do—for better or for worse. Over the past seventy years, German and American leadership has been defined by shared interests and objectives. Despite any number …Read More

I’ll admit it. I did not expect to be writing a piece with this title. Like so many on both sides of the Atlantic, I did not expect Donald Trump to win on November 8. But he did. So now committed Atlanticists need to get to work and start sketching out a common transatlantic agenda …Read More

As Donald Trump’s inauguration approaches, people around the world are struggling to understand the inhabitants of the newest Trump Tower, the one at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. To comprehend the novel scene, they should view Mr Trump as an independent, not as a Republican. Other celebrity billionaires have tried to compete with America’s political …Read More

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