The third meeting of “Learn and Earn: Young Leader’s Group for the Development of the U.S.” featured Max Grünig, Senior Fellow at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, who focused on the need to “build the clean energy jobs of tomorrow.” He discussed with the group the current market for renewable energy jobs in Germany and around the world, obstacles in creating stability and certainty for a career in the renewable energy sector, and how this affects the ability to incentivize people to train and use these skills.

The second meeting of the DC Skills initiative group featured Zach Boren, Senior Advisor in the Office of Apprenticeships at the U.S. Department of Labor, who focused on challenges and ideas surrounding the marketing of apprenticeships to businesses and youth.

Looking forward in the year, Director and Senior U.S. Economist at Commerzbank AG Bernd Weidensteiner analyzes the development of U.S. growth, employment, and what these trends mean for Europe’s economy. With improvements in the labor market and no repeat of the government shutdown in sight, the U.S. economy is strengthening; Weidensteiner has a positive outlook …Read More

Dr. Michael Fichter has conducted extensive research in the field of labor relations, amongst others as a senior lecturer and administrative director of the Center for Labor Relations at the Free University of Berlin.  

As Europe’s economic powerhouse, Germany has rebounded from the global crisis in an amazing fashion. Yet, this success has not applied to women in the workplace, writes former Zeit Stiftung/AICGS Fellow Katrin Bennhold. Even with one of the world’s most powerful political figures in Angela Merkel, Germany has yet to break through many of the cultural taboos that have limited the ascension of women in leadership. This article originally appeared in the June 29, 2011, edition of The International Herald Tribune.

Globalization has facilitated the spread of investments and manufacturing by transnational corporations (TNCs), opening new opportunities, but also posing new challenges to their business models and highlighting the need for a restructuring of employment and production, writes DAAD/AICGS Fellow Dr. Michael Fichter. Dr. Fichter focuses on the role of labor relations in the operations and policies of German TNCs in the United States and examines if there is any convergence of labor relations policies across the Atlantic.

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