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.

Germany has always been about more than itself. Given its geographical position in the middle of Europe, Germany’s role, its power, and its influence on its neighbors over many centuries has been of importance to Germans and non-Germans alike.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Germany’s dirty diesel cars en route for Eastern Europe (DW) Warum ist Strom so teuer? (Spiegel) Brexit-Folgen: Finanzlobby verspricht Zehntausende neue Jobs für Region Frankfurt (Spiegel) Foreign and Domestic Policy Erdogan entlässt weitere Hunderte Staatsdiener (FAZ) Interior Ministry shuts down, raids left-wing …Read More

Following the German elections in September, AICGS will convene a symposium in conjunction with the Global Leadership Award Dinner at Deutsche Bank’s U.S. headquarters on Wall Street that will gather leading German figures from government and politics – including several who are likely to become members of the new German cabinet – for a discussion …Read More

Germany’s election on September 24 will likely bring a new political party to the Bundestag: the Alternative for Germany (AfD). Five years after the party’s emergence, the AfD calls itself an “alternative” for German voters. In reality, it is less an alternative than an “anti-party,” representing the backlash from voters who are energized primarily by …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Air Berlin files for insolvency but flights continue (BBC News) ECB Leery of Ending Stimulus, Worried It Will Buoy Euro (The Wall Street Journal) Can Trump succeed in curbing China’s intellectual property ‘theft’? (Deutsche Welle) Foreign and Domestic Policy In German Election …Read More

Foreign policy issues will not play a major role in the decision of most Germans when they go to vote on September 24, yet the campaign which now has opened “the hot phase” has revealed that the future of German defense spending and Germany’s role in European security will be an issue. On defense, the …Read More

Edward Luce is an experienced veteran of U.S. affairs for the Financial Times, but his latest book takes a wider focus in an attempt to provide a framework for how one might understand developments occurring on both sides of the Atlantic. In “The Retreat of Western Liberalism,” we find a series of warnings about the …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Privatisierungs-Überlegungen: Was macht Niedersachen eigentlich mit dem VW-Geld? (FAZ) German confidence in automakers and politicians plummets (DW) Elektroantrieb: die überforderte Zukunft (Spiegel) Nordkorea-Krise kostet Anleger eine Billion Dollar (Spiegel) Foreign and Domestic Policy Trump: Waffen sind geladen und entsichert (FAZ) North Korea: …Read More

Germany’s Social Democrats are frustrated. Aside from being down in the polls behind Chancellor Merkel and the CDU/CSU, they seem to be plagued by some unfortunately timed incidents that will nag them in the final weeks of the election campaign. The recent collapse of an SPD-Green coalition government in Lower Saxony after a member of …Read More

Germany’s Free Democrats stand a good chance of returning to national government after the German election next month. Polls suggest that the liberal party – “liberal” in the classical European sense, not the contemporary American one – could become the coalition partner of Chancellor Angela Merkel, thus helping her to stay in office for a fourth term. …Read More

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