Our research projects provide the analytical tools and concepts to understand changes in the German-American relationship and emerging issues on the transatlantic agenda.

Die Federal Trade Commission (FTC) und die Federal Communications Commission (FCC) haben am  10.05.16 zwei getrennte Untersuchungsverfahren gegen  bestimmte TK-Anbieter und Hersteller von Smartphones etc. eingeleitet. Die US-Behörden wollen wissen, wie diese Unternehmen Updates zur Datensicherheit vornehmen, wie die Kunden die Updates umsetzen und wie die Unternehmen eventuelle Verwundbarkeiten in den Geräten adressieren.  Das wirft …Read More

May and June mark two important anniversaries in Germany’s postwar rebuilding and return to the community of nations: the end of World War II in Europe and the beginning of German-Israeli diplomatic relations.  These two events have been instrumental in how Germany approaches its reconciliation efforts with both its former victims and its former enemies, …Read More

“In God We Trust,” that phrase enshrined on American currency, may be the only certainty in an era when trust is severely lacking in the government printing that money. And there is a widespread trust deficit in many liberal democracies on both sides of the Atlantic: less than a quarter of the American public trusts …Read More

Quite surprisingly, last Wednesday the German Chancellery confirmed the removal of Gerhard Schindler as president of the German Foreign Intelligence Agency (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND). Schindler will be officially replaced by Bruno Kahl, a finance ministry official, from July onward. The Chancellery did not state any particular reason for Schindler to be removed two years before reaching …Read More

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble was forced by Jens Weidmann,  president of the powerful Bundesbank, to publicly state that he fully respects the independence of the European Central Bank (ECB) and its decisions, thus ending a week of controversy about the unconventional monetary policies of the ECB. Schäuble had previously stepped up his criticism of …Read More

When the hundreds of government officials and international organization leaders make their way to Washington for the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group, an explosion of traffic jams around the city follows. But there is another traffic jam emerging among the network of institutions, and their leaders seem to be having …Read More

The passing of Hans-Dietrich Genscher marks another milestone in the unique history of the leadership of the Federal Republic of Germany. His life and career embody the path of the Republic and its emergence out of its Cold War birth into a unified nation. Genscher was intricately involved in its evolution, serving as foreign minister for …Read More

The career and success of Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who died at age 89 on March 30, illustrate the strength of continuity in office. Such continuity has long been a feature of German political life:  Konrad Adenauer headed the Federal Republic’s government for fourteen years, Walter Ulbricht the German Democratic Republic’s for seventeen; and Angela Merkel, chancellor …Read More

The resounding response from the press to the death of Hans-Dietrich Genscher reminds us of how much German political equilibrium depends on the existence of central, idealized, larger-than-life figures.  Mr. Genscher’s career typifies German voters’ need for stability through long periods in office.  Germans also seem to have a great need to keep important political …Read More

Hans-Dietrich Genscher was German foreign minister when I first met him.  On 1 October 1982, I was in Bonn to consult with Wolfgang Ischinger, his office director.  Our meeting was suddenly interrupted by the televised report about Genscher, who announced he and his party, the FDP, were leaving the governing coalition with Helmut Schmidt and …Read More

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