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.

Introduction The 2016 White Paper on German security policy is first and foremost a document reflecting a growing sense of realism with regard to the complex nature of the new and increasingly global security challenges the country has to face at home and abroad. After the week of terror in July of this year, there …Read More

Germany has not yet experienced major coordinated terror incidents of the type that has hit the United States, Belgium, France, Turkey, and other countries. Two Islamist terror attacks in Bavaria, however, shocked Germany last month. The first one was carried out by an Afghan asylum seeker who wounded four people with an ax on a …Read More

As I write in mid-July 2016, all the Transatlantic chatterati can seem to talk and write about—except when temporarily interrupted by terrorist outrages like the one at the Istanbul airport on June 28—is Brexit. It is as though, for some, everything was just fine in Europe before June 23. And it is all too typical …Read More

The German Defense Ministry Director of the Project Group White Paper on Security Policy will present the findings and discuss the process which resulted in the recently released 2016 White Paper issued by Berlin, the first such effort since 2006. German and American security experts will consider the resultant challenges, choices and consequences of this Cabinet-approved …Read More

Dr. Bruno Kahl became president of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst – BND) on 1 July 2016, replacing Gerhard Schindler about two years ahead of his expected retirement. As head of Germany’s only foreign intelligence service, Kahl heads an agency of about 6,500 personnel charged with the collection and analysis of political, economic, military, and …Read More

What are the implications of Britain leaving the EU for Germany in the context of its relations with Russia? First, chancellor Merkel is losing an important ally in the EU for a vigorous response to Putin’s policies in what he considers to be a traditional Russian sphere of influence, that is, the Baltic nations, the …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics The effects of Brexit notwithstanding, European companies have suffered an alarming decline in standing over the last decade compared to their American and Asian competitors. What happened? (Economist) Germany to hike minimum wage: Just one year old, the minimum wage in Germany …Read More

Hours after the Orlando shooting, the world knew where Omar Mateen had taken his cell phone in the days and months before the massacre. To Disney World with his son, to the Pulse Club on multiple occasions alone, and to a Disney Springs shopping and entertainment center the day before the attack. Investigators hope that …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics Moelis & Co. names Bank of America’s Stefan Mueller to head investment banking in Germany. (Bloomberg) After Brexit, the Dax recovery rally continues. (FAZ) The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday said that Britain’s pending exit from the European Union is posing “a …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics German banks exploited a legal loophole that allowed two parties to claim ownership of the same shares. (Reuters) Volkswagen shareholders air grievances at their annual meeting. Management bonuses, sagging profits and an emissions scandal have all caused the company’s stock to plunge. …Read More

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