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

“The very notion of a grand scheme of things is a nightmarish obscenity.” – Thomas Ligotti, author of Songs of a Dead Dreamer In the years since the Great Recession began, political elites in Germany have pondered a critical question: how can Germany retain its economic growth in a world of increasing industrial competition and …Read More

On 23 June 2016, should a majority of British voters decide to leave the EU—nearly forty-five years after joining the Community—the EU would lose 17 percent of its GDP and 12 percent of its population. This referendum result would reveal Prime Minister David Cameron’s poor political calculations and he would now find that his pro-EU …Read More

Amid still sluggish economic growth in Europe, AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes sits down with Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner, Head of the International Economic Policy Division at the German Federal Association of Industries and a Non-Resident Fellow at AICGS, to discuss the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in Europe, particularly in Germany. …Read More

It was supposed to be a light-hearted cocktail party celebrating the Munich Security Conference’s (MSC) special newspaper edition, The Security Times. On the evening of his signature conference, MSC chair Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger swung in to encourage the role of the press in covering security issues, champagne glasses sang, and journalists stuffed into black suits …Read More

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