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Alexander Privitera

Alexander Privitera is a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Business and Economics Program at AICGS. He focuses primarily on Germany’s European policies and their impact on relations between the United States and Europe. Previously, Mr. Privitera was the Washington-based correspondent for the leading German news channel, N24. As a journalist, over the past two decades he has been posted to Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, and Rome. Mr. Privitera was born in Rome, Italy, and holds a degree in Political Science (International Relations and Economics) from La Sapienza University in Rome.

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Alexander Privitera's Archive

The End of the Step-by-Step Approach

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Germany’s hope that Russian president Vladimir Putin might tolerate a face saving opportunity for all parties involved in the Ukrainian crisis is fading fast. A nebulous solution at the negotiating table is turning into a fata morgana. Putin is forcing Angela Merkel’s hand. The chancellor and her foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will… Read more >

AICGS Insights on the West and Ukraine during Steinmeier’s Visit

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s trip to Washington was intended to serve as a reset button in the close, but strained U.S.-German relationship. The German foreign minister largely succeeded in this task. However, this was primarily due to rapidly evolving events in Ukraine, which are forcing the transatlantic community to focus on their bottom line…. Read more >

The State of the (European) Union

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According to some German media reports, old cracks between finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble and his boss Angela Merkel have reappeared. It’s a déjà vu moment all over again, as the two powerful euro crisis managers seem to disagree on the best way forward in Greece. The country that triggered the first existential… Read more >

ECB in a Holding Pattern: The Outlook for 2014

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The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has issued a stern warning about the growing dangers of deflation. In a speech in Washington on January 15, she said that falling prices “could prove disastrous for the recovery.” Lagarde picks up a topic that has worried many Europe observers for… Read more >

The German Trade Surplus, Bane or Boon?

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U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew traveled to Germany this week to promote the Obama administration’s views on what the new government in Berlin should do in order to promote growth in the European Union. In essence, Lew asked his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schäuble, to forget fiscal austerity, stimulate domestic demand… Read more >

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Holding the Shop Together, Stephen Silvia

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We have recently added a new valuable study to our bookshelf: Holding the Shop Together (Cornell University Press, 2013) is a study on German industrial relations in the postwar era by Stephen Silvia, associate professor at American University and a former fellow here at the institute. Silvia’s book explores the evolution of… Read more >

Credit for Growth: The Future Role of Traditional Banking and Capital Markets – Comparing the United States to Europe

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Introduction Six years after the worst financial crisis in more than fifty years, the banking sector is still undergoing profound changes. Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic are tightening the rules for those credit institutions deemed to be systemically important. Public authorities in both the European Union (EU) and the United… Read more >

Waiting for Action: Euro Zone Challenges Continue During Long Coalition Negotiations

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There is growing unease in Germany and abroad about the lengthy negotiations between the Christian Democrats of Chancellor Angela Merkel and their potential coalition partners, the Social Democrats. Some commentators doubt that the SPD base will allow a grand coalition to emerge. Conservative observers are worried about a social democratic drift—the controversy… Read more >

Shaping Transatlantic Solutions: Challenges of the 2012 and 2013 Elections

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The U.S. elections in 2012 and the German elections in 2013 demonstrate that, despite their geographic distance, the two countries are confronted by both similar and shared problems: debt crises, unemployment, instability in the Middle East, immigration, energy security, education, and counter-terrorism efforts, to name only a few. National elections offer an… Read more >

German-American Fault Lines

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Austerity versus growth is back with a vengeance. German politicians were caught completely off guard by the latest U.S. Treasury report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies. The key findings of the report are not new: “Germany’s anemic pace of domestic demand growth and dependence on exports have hampered… Read more >