The Grand Coalition just cannot get rid of the hot potato called Europe. The governing parties are arguing with great persistence about the solutions and answers to the European crises of our time. The most recent example: the dispute between SPD party leader Sigmar Gabriel and Wolfgang Schäuble, the Europe doyen of the CDU. The …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics The effects of Brexit notwithstanding, European companies have suffered an alarming decline in standing over the last decade compared to their American and Asian competitors. What happened? (Economist) Germany to hike minimum wage: Just one year old, the minimum wage in Germany …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics Moelis & Co. names Bank of America’s Stefan Mueller to head investment banking in Germany. (Bloomberg) After Brexit, the Dax recovery rally continues. (FAZ) The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday said that Britain’s pending exit from the European Union is posing “a …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

Twenty five years ago—as the Balkan wars were descending into hell—Jacques Poos, the then-Prime Minister of Luxembourg, declared that “the hour of Europe has dawned.” That declaration followed the unification of Germany and accompanied the unravelling of the Soviet Union in its last throes. Many welcomed the notion that a uniting Europe no longer bound …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

Queen Elizabeth, the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch, undertook what was, perhaps, her final state visit last year. Of all the places she could have traveled to, she chose Germany, the de facto leader of Europe. The three-day tour was filled with reminders of U.K.-German relations—a lecture on their shared history by the popular historian Neil …Read More

On the eve of the UK referendum that would decide the country’s membership in the EU, Bruce Stikes, Director of Global Economic Attitudes at Pew Research Center, sits down with AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes to discuss the public sentiment about the EU in domestic and international affairs reflected in recent poll results. Referring to …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

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

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