Former German ambassador to the United States and Head of Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger sums up the legacy of the German unification which brought peace and security to the European neighbourhood and urges that Germany needs to work towards strengthening the European Union in the future.

Deutschland ist zum Vorreiter in Europa geworden: zu einer Führungsmacht, die ihre Legitimität aus dem Engagement für ein zivilisiertes Miteinander zieht. Daraus erklärt sich auch die bisherige Gefolgschaft anderer europäischer Länder: aus dem Vertrauen heraus, dass Deutschland verantwortungsvoll Prinzipien verteidigt, und nicht nur Eigeninteressen. The article originally appeared in the November/December issue of Internationale Politik. …Read More

The terrorist nightmare that ran rampage through Paris on November 13 is another example of the vulnerability of our world—a world we too often take for granted and about which we argue so vehemently, so openly, and so freely with each other. That world is under attack by those who want another world, one that …Read More

The ongoing refugee crisis has exposed new cracks in the European Union. While some European leaders, including those in the German government, had been reluctant to define the debt crisis as a threat to the very existence of the monetary union in past years, they seem to be less shy about describing the impact of …Read More

On 18 June, during the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an agreement was signed to build a controversial new “Nord Stream 2” pipeline under the Baltic Sea that would go directly from Russia to northern Germany, with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters (bcm). The project, which consists of two segments that would …Read More

Germany is a nervous country right now—nervous about what can go wrong. But it is also a moment in which Germany has to demonstrate leadership in its own interests and those of Europe as a whole. Germans have a tendency to believe in a version of Murphy’s law: what can go wrong will go wrong. …Read More

Angela Merkel is under pressure. For many years she has been a rock at Brussels’ conference tables dominated by sobering discussions on the economic and social outlook of EU member states, and the German chancellor has become ever stronger both at home and abroad. While many leaders felt the impact of the economic crisis in …Read More

U.S. companies with European business will most likely mark 6 October 2015 as a dark day on their calendars. The highest EU court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, declared a fifteen-year-old longstanding EU decision authorizing a EU/US Safe Harbor “invalid.” The judgment is not appealable. This is a serious issue for the …Read More

In a recently published interview, John Kornblum, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and an AICGS Trustee, shares his views on the challenges Europe faces in a complex and continuously changing world, from issues such as globalization and the role of the United States in international governance to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). To …Read More

In January 2015, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Science and Security board decided to move the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. The clock now sits at three minutes to midnight, which marks the closest humanity has ever been to apocalypse since 1984, a moment in the Cold War when communications between the United …Read More

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