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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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Recent Essays

This year’s AICGS Annual Symposium is framed around the idea of “A World in Flux”: the relative decline of the West’s economic power; the  need to  adapt our work forces to be successful in a new era; and changing geopolitics as a result of ongoing tensions in eastern Europe, the  Middle East, and Asia. Containing …Read More

The European Central Bank (ECB) is getting much closer to what many analysts believe is the inevitable launch of a much broader-based program of asset purchases, also involving sovereign bonds. While it is true that the ECB remains a much more politically sensitive central bank than some of its main counterparts and what big stakeholders, …Read More

Now in the second half of 2014, the European economy has hit a rough patch, triggering renewed anxiety among policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic. Economists and politicians are still trying to assess whether the U.S. economy is strong enough to pull the weaker euro zone out of its gravitational drift toward chronic stagnation …Read More

The French government recently announced that the age of austerity is finally over—at least for France. That it will now disregard most of its commitments on reducing fiscal deficits represents a serious challenge to fellow members of the monetary union. Although the primary intended target is the German rules-based approach and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s management …Read More

The latest monetary decisions made by the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB) are keeping analysts very busy. The two key questions central bank watchers are grappling with are: Is the Fed going to tighten monetary policies earlier than expected and will the ECB be forced to enact a broad program of …Read More

About a year ago, markets were experiencing serious taper tantrums. At the time, ECB President Mario Draghi proudly defended the fact that unwinding outright asset purchases, and therefore reducing its huge balance sheet, was only a challenge for the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed), and not for the euro zone. Indeed, at the time, European banks …Read More

Now set to directly purchase asset-backed-securities, ECB President Mario Draghi is leading the Euro Zone in the opposite path of the U.S. Federal Reserve. AICGS Business & Economics Program Director Alexander Privitera analyzes the impact of the announcement for the Euro Zone.

Oath of the Horatii

Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, knows a thing or two about the importance of timing. As markets anxiously wait for new clues from the central banker about the possibility of the launch of a full blown, European version of QE, it is important to put a few things into perspective. The …Read More

Writing a book about one’s own boss is a difficult task under any circumstance. The exercise is particularly tricky if the person in question is a highly controversial banker; if his name is Josef Ackermann, the former CEO of Deutsche Bank; and finally, if the author is trying to convince the skeptical German readership that …Read More

Since U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to bomb Sunni extremists in Iraq, German public opinion has debated whether to get involved and if so, why. In its initial reaction to the crisis, the German government, sensing that its citizens would prefer to stay out of any new international entanglement, tried to suggest to its international …Read More