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 German carmakers face new scandal over antitrust issues (New York Times) German unemployment edges up in summer job market lull (Deutsche Welle) Lufthansa macht Rekordgewinn (Spiegel Online) Bitcoin divides to rule (The Economist) Foreign & Domestic Policy Russia’s military drills near NATO …Read More

Will the FDP be returning to the stage of national government after the German elections next month? Maybe. Current polls suggest the Free Democratic Party (FDP) could be the coalition partner to a reelected Chancellor Merkel and the CDU/CSU, resuming a role that it played for decades. The question is whether the FDP can pull it …Read More

In anticipation of the German elections on September 24, AICGS hosted a group of experts from the NRW School of Governance at the University of Duisburg-Essen to discuss the issues and influences which will shape the electoral race over the coming weeks. Led by Prof Karl Korte, we welcomed four additional experts from his team …Read More

It’s two months before the German election on September 24, and the Green Party is struggling to gain traction. Recent polls project single-digit support, with few indications of improvement. Not too long ago, speculation about a government led by Angela Merkel with the Green Party as a coalition partner was not unusual. That option seems …Read More

As host of this year’s G20 summit, Hamburg swelled with world leaders and their entourages. It was an opportunity to show off Germany’s second-largest city to the global public. The G20, however, attracted more than heads of state. Thousands of protestors converged on the city to voice opposition to capitalism and globalization. The scale of …Read More

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

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