Germany’s leadership outside of Europe and recent interventions to stabilize the international system have been a significant source of tension. Debates over the changing global balance of power, political instability, transnational conflict, and the use of new technologies and methods of warfare will continue to occupy elected leaders. The debate on international security must incorporate both U.S. and European perspectives, but also take note of other powers including Russia and China.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Why electric cars won’t save European auto makers (Wall Street Journal) ‘Sick’ Pilots throw Air Berlin into chaos (Handelsblatt) Deutsche Börse leaves a bad taste (Bloomberg) Capacity cuts in China fuel a commodity rally and a debate (The Economist) Foreign and Domestic Policy How Angela Merkel is …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Germany’s Small Lenders Gripe About Low Rates (The Wall Street Journal) Trump Tax Plan May Free Up Corporate Dollars, but Then What? (New York Times) Blasts, ‘chemical reactions’ rock storm-crippled chemical plant in Texas as Harvey flooding persists (The Washington Post) China …Read More

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

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

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 is emerging as a major defense player in Europe. With the UK leaving the EU, Germany and France are now leading Europe’s efforts to secure the continent. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder talked with Stephen Szabo, a senior fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, about Franco-German defense coordination and Germany’s new …Read More

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

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Das geheime Kartell der deutschen Autobauer (Spiegel) So wichtig sind VW, BMW und Daimler für Deutschland (SDZ) German media groups to form data alliance (DW) Japan spending uptick ends 16-month lull (DW) Foreign and Domestic Policy US Sanctions Expert: European concerns are …Read More

On June 15, the US Senate approved an act to sharply expand sanctions imposed on Russia in retaliation for its intervention in eastern Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014. The broadly bi-partisan move that enshrined Barack Obama’s earlier executive orders – intended as a response to Moscow’s alleged cyber interference in US elections – …Read More

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