A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics German economic growth will slow in second half, ministry says (Reuters) Volkswagen Shareholders Seek $9.2 Billion Over Diesel Scandal (NYT) Merkel Wants Germany to Get Refugees Into Workforce Faster (NYT) Germany Expects Fair Result in Deutsche Bank U.S. Mortgages Case (NYT) Is …Read More

Yogi Bera – that immortal American philosopher – once said that it is tough to make predictions, especially about the future. Well, here is one prediction. A year from now, Angela Merkel will be approaching the closing days of her election campaign, if she chooses to enter it in 2017. And she will win that …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics Germany’s output growth slowed to a 15-month low (VOA News) Germany warned Britain against negotiating free trade deals with non-EU member states before it quits the bloc (Business Times) German Finance Minister Schäuble proposes fewer taxes, more spending in 2017 budget (DW) …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics The German state profited from incurring more debt in the first half of this year, a newspaper report showed on Monday. (DW) Why voters don’t buy it when economists say global trade is good (NYT) German Chancellor Angela Merkel says TTIP, a …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics Brexit is merely one more worry for Germany’s leading lender. (Economist) S&P Global Ratings on Tuesday lowered its credit outlook for Deutsche Bank AG to negative from stable. (WSJ) VW scandal reaches all the way to the top, lawsuits say. (NYT) Germany …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

The domestic political disquiet over the refugees since the March 13 state elections in Germany has not subsided. On the contrary, the debate about German identity and the chancellor’s governance has grown more intense. Chancellor Merkel has upset Germany’s European partners. They are wary of her curious mixture of profound ethics paired with determined self-assurance …Read More

Coalition governments in Germany have a long tradition, though more so at the federal level (where there have always been coalitions) than at the state level. These two or more party coalitions are as a rule not desired, but are generally forced by the election results or determined by the strength of the political groups after the election.

While many Americans were focused on the primaries underway in the U.S., on March 13, Germans in three states went to the polls to elect their state governments.  The first major elections since the refugee crisis began, many saw Sunday’s outcomes as indicative of the changes underway in Germany’s party system and as a commentary …Read More

Refugees decided the weekend’s state elections. The refugee politics were the 2016 power issue in competition between parties. All three incumbents were confirmed as minister-president in Rheinland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, and Saxony-Anhalt, because they have showcased superior competence in the face of epochal challenges.

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