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

On May 31st, the AICGS hosted a seminar on transatlantic climate diplomacy, analyzing past efforts and exploring future challenges. Dr. Katja Biedenkopf, Visiting Fellow and DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from February through July 2016, presented a comparative analysis of European and United States diplomacy in the run-up to the adoption of the Paris Agreement. This international …Read More

From April 23 to May 8, German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is expected to close an important stretch of track between Hanover and Kassel for construction work. This closure will affect about 170 long and short-distance trains—and thus millions of passengers—that travel the stretch daily between some of Germany’s largest cities, including Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, …Read More

Katja Biedenkopf

Dr. Katja Biedenkopf is a Visiting Fellow and DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from February through July 2016. She is Assistant Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Her research centers on climate and environmental policy. Dr. Biedenkopf has conducted research on the external effects of European Union environmental policy on the United States, China, and South …Read More

Iran and the P5+1 have reached a historic deal that limits Iran’s nuclear ambitions. After months of debate and compromising on both sides, what does this mean for transatlantic security and the future of Iranian-Western relations? President Barack Obama has made his desire to finish these negotiations very clear, and he has threatened to veto …Read More

More than twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the United States and Germany remain close political and economic allies. However, personal ties between the two allies have diminished. In Germany, favorable opinions of the United States are at an all-time low. On the other side of the Atlantic, the United States is …Read More

In response to the increase in car congestion and global warming, many countries have been trying to reduce car usage in various ways. In February 2003, London introduced a toll for motorists driving within central city limits between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm, with additional fines for motorists who neglect to pay …Read More

In response to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the more recent 2011 catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan, Germany announced in 2011 that it would move quickly into using more renewable energy, hoping to phase out or significantly reduce hazardous non-renewable energy sources by 2022.  Germany’s proposed initiative, the Energiewende or energy transition, is nothing new …Read More

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