Wolfgang Ischinger knows German foreign policy. He was the country’s deputy foreign minister from 1998 to 2001. He was its ambassador to Washington from 2001 to 2006. Then he spent two years as its man in London. Since then he has been chair of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the world’s most important independent gathering …Read More

Political tensions between Germany and the U.S. promptly resurfaced not long after the new administration took possession of the White House. Many will argue at length about who is right about what. Yet now that Chancellor Merkel has returned to Berlin from her inaugural meeting with the U.S. president, a few lessons about what the …Read More

Thomas Friedman has the talent to write about complicated subjects in a way that normal people can wrap their heads around. He does this by choosing an overarching theme and then spices up the explanation with various metaphors, analogies, and anecdotes galore. Whether it be about the Middle East or climate change, Friedman comes up …Read More

At the end of 2016, the transatlantic policy community is in a state of flux. New leaders on both sides of the Atlantic have assumed office—or will do so soon—and bring with them what are, in some cases, profoundly different views than those of their predecessors.  The issue of climate change is one such case …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany will soon have more refugees in work than out (The Local Germany) Germany considers forcing Facebook to delete fake news (Politico) Tech employees vow not to help Trump surveil Muslims, deport immigrants (Reuters) China’s billionaire warns Trump curbs could …Read More

President Obama made his final trip overseas as president this week, meeting with his trusted partner, German chancellor Angela Merkel.  AICGS has compiled a brief reading list of news from the meetings. In advance of their meetings, Obama and Merkel published an op-ed on the future of transatlantic relations (in English), saying that the U.S. and …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Global markets are shaken, then stabilize, after Trump victory (NYT) Volkswagen chairman under investigation in Germany (USA Today) Poultry caged as bird flu spreads through Germany (The Local Germany) Tesla buys Germany’s Grohmann Engineering to help ramp up electric car …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

Introduction The European Union (EU) and the United States were key actors in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations that culminated in the adoption of a global climate agreement in Paris on December 12, 2015. Germany has been one of the most active EU member states on climate diplomacy. After a long …Read More

Amid increasing concerns on global climate change, Dr. Katja Biedenkopf, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at the University of Leuven, discusses the politics of current global climate negotiations with AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes. She points out that, despite the achievement of the recent Paris Agreement, more serious commitments from governments around the world …Read More

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