While most of Europe has been obsessed with the Greek crisis over the past weeks, another crisis is continuing to threaten the continent with dangers that go well beyond the survival of a common currency. Ukraine is walking a narrow path between survival and failure while its partners are distracted and its opponents are gathering …Read More

These days, creating jobs and boosting growth are the top priorities of European policymakers. In order to do so, policymakers are focused on measures that widen firms’ funding opportunities, which have so far been largely limited to bank lending. In November 2014, the European Commission (EC) introduced a major project to create a deeper and …Read More

DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies Politics and International Relations Every year, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) awards the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies in recognition of exceptional work in one of the Institute’s three major areas of research: Foreign & Domestic Policy …Read More

When the news broke a few days ago that the U.S. Senate had finally approved the USA Freedom Act, German commenters received it with satisfaction. However, there are various differences between the USA Freedom Act and data retention laws in Europe, in particular the recent German bill on bulk traffic (i.e., metadata) data collection (Vorratsdatenspeicherung). …Read More

This June, the G-7 will meet in an opulent castle near Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. It was initially built, according to the host’s website, for an “egocentric zealot” who sought to convert Jews to Christianity. Schloss Elmau has since become a spa and cultural center, but the lofty location seems somehow like an appropriate …Read More

AICGS Business & Economics Program Director Alexander Privitera is quoted in the foreign policy article “A Family Comparison Jeb Bush May Welcome” published by Bloomberg on May 21, 2015. As Jeb Bush tries to turn the page on Iraq, he’ll be inviting comparisons to another chapter of the family’s foreign policy legacy when he kicks …Read More

In the run up to last week’s UK election, two things seemed extremely clear: (1) the Conservative Party would not be able to secure a majority; but (2) the Conservative Party would be the single largest party. However, the Conservatives have done far better than we and most observers predicted: the numbers currently poll to the …Read More

The Western community faces a dilemma in Ukraine. On the one hand, Putin is known to react to pressure with fierce counter pressure.[1] If you bully him into a tight corner, he is most likely to attack. Therefore, a strategy to isolate Russia entails the risk for the West of getting drawn into an enduring …Read More

Sometimes you can see more clearly from a distance. A few weeks ago I spoke with Chinese Ukraine and Russia specialists. Their analysis: the conflict in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine will lead to a greater turning point in European and international politics than the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. I …Read More

As Chancellor Angela Merkel tries to hold the European Union together in dealing with the turmoil around Greece, Cyprus, and Hungary flirting with Moscow amid the myriad other centrifugal forces pulling at Europe’s political, economic, and social fabric, she must also monitor alarming developments in the United Kingdom. Whoever becomes the prime minister after the …Read More

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