The millennial generation in Europe and the United States has come of age in a rapidly changing global environment. While some characterize this generation as narcissistic and self-entitled, others argue that these “digital natives” are intensely engaged in an increasingly diverse, connected world. It is important to expand the transatlantic dialogue by incorporating the perspectives of millennials and young minorities as they develop their own solutions to emerging global challenges.

In the current climate of rising populism—or what Mark Blyth calls “global Trumpism”—the United States and Germany remain key engines of the global economy. While Germany has long been admired for its export-led model, the United States is a powerhouse of household consumption. But both economies are vulnerable to problems endemic to their growth models. …Read More

Wait and see. That is the best advice I can give to German and European policymakers regarding the forthcoming presidency of Donald Trump. Trump’s misogynist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and lie-ridden campaign rhetoric has rightly disgusted many Americans. And his promise to reexamine U.S. alliances around the world has rightly worried U.S. allies. But we have also …Read More

How should Europe deal with Donald Trump? According to the flood of initial reactions, Europe is now facing a massive challenge and a great deal of unpredictability. Not necessarily. Dealing and even working cooperatively with Trump might be easier than anticipated if Europeans get the basics right from the start. Here’s an example of how …Read More

Waking up on November 9 to the news of Donald Trump’s victory was a shock—not just for the progressive side of American politics, but also for the vast majority of German politicos (with the exception of the right-wing Alternative for Germany, AfD). Due to the pundits’ widespread confidence in the election of the first female …Read More

I feel lucky that my career has taken place during a dynamic period in the relationship between the U.S. and Europe.  I started college as the Reagan presidency was ending, not long after the Evil Empire speech, and graduated soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall.  I was studying in Europe during the autumn …Read More

In its most basic sense, civil society is an analytical concept denoting a domain of collective life above the individual but below the state, in which people voluntarily come together to organize around shared interests and express themselves and their concerns publicly. In many ways, this understanding is linked to our liberal understandings of the …Read More

Uncertainty Prevails Ten days after Donald Trump was elected president, the impact on the global and the European economy is still hard to predict. What prevails is uncertainty about Trump’s economic agenda once he enters the White House. What will “America First” mean in practice? To what degree will he be a protectionist, and will …Read More

  During his 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders’ call to make tuition at public institutions free for all students hit a nerve among his (mainly young) supporters. Hillary Clinton, the eventual Democratic candidate, has adopted this issue and proposes the elimination of tuition at in-state public colleges and universities for families …Read More

On November 8, 2016, Americans will decide whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the president of Europe’s most important trade and investment partner. In 2015, 20 percent of EU exports went to the U.S., while 17 percent of U.S. goods and services were sent to the EU. Together, the U.S. and EU have …Read More

Stating the obvious, namely defining the forthcoming U.S. election as historic, trailblazing, and of global relevance, still seems to understate the interest America’s allies have taken in the heated presidential campaign so far. Generally speaking this is by far neither a new phenomenon nor surprising as such. However, this election with its display of polarized …Read More

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