As economic growth in Germany falls short and French prospects begin looking up, now is the time for a new Grand Bargain over debt and reform in the Euro Zone. AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Peter Rashish details the impact of French President Francois Hollande’s recent successes in economic reform, including removing left-wing cabinet members from office.
“The possible size of the [surveillance] programs has shocked people.” AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes sits down with Dr. Günter Krings, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, to talk about promoting further transatlantic dialogue on data privacy issues.
Writing a book about one’s own boss is a difficult task under any circumstance. The exercise is particularly tricky if the person in question is a highly controversial banker; if his name is Josef Ackermann, the former CEO of Deutsche Bank; and finally, if the author is trying to convince the skeptical German readership that …Read More
In the wake of the recent espionage scandal, it is time for the U.S. and Germany to start cleaning up the damage and rebuild the relationship. Geopolitical hotheads on both sides of the Atlantic seem to forget two critical parameters: For the U.S., Germany is far too important as a national power, a European leader, …Read More
In May 1989, U.S. President George H.W. Bush gave a speech in Mainz, West Germany, inviting—or challenging—Germany to be a “partner in leadership” with the United States. Many Germans greeted the American president’s words with trepidation, fearing in part how others in Europe and in Moscow might react to the American charge to Germans—in a …Read More
The discussion of the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the current international system is as old as the end of the Cold War–by now nearly 25 years. Much of this debate centers around the question of whether NATO has outlived its usefulness. Following the classic formulation of Lord Ismay, didn’t the …Read More
Willy-nilly, the Ukraine crisis turned German Chancellor Angela Merkel into the geopolitical as well as financial leader of Europe. President Joachim Gauck, in the company of Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and newly-minted Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, started to campaign for a more muscular German foreign policy at the Munich Security Conference last February. …Read More
Though experts are relieved to see a recovery in the European economy, many short and long term challenges remain to make sure it goes smoothly. By restoring and developing credit channels and enacting policies to ensure EU competitiveness, Europe can once again achieve high and sustainable growth.
Drone technology has come to the forefront of defining modern and future warfare, helped in part by its efficiency in ongoing American military campaigns. But compared to the United States, German drone capabilities are abysmally low, stymied by a combined lack of drone production experience/capability as well as anti-drone feelings pervasive in German public opinion. …Read More
Der Westen im Allgemeinen und die Bundesregierung im Besonderen hätten sich in den vergangenen Jahren mehr um eine Vertiefung der Zusammenarbeit mit Russland bemühen sollen. Dieses Versäumnis wollten die Sozialdemokraten bei ihrem Regierungseintritt korrigieren: In Anknüpfung an das von ihm entwickelte Konzept der Modernisierungspartnerschaft, wollte Außenminister Steinmeier gleich zu Beginn seiner Amtszeit entsprechende Initiativen entwickeln. …Read More