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

For Europe, the current refugee crisis presents a two-fold challenge: Will we uphold our humanitarian values, that is, do we view the refugees as people in need and with a right to a safe haven? And will the EU, in the face of this challenge, act as one – or will national selfishness erode European …Read More

Intensifying pressure brought on by waves of refugee migrants to Europe has generated much debate about Germany’s and Europe’s foreign policy choices regarding the war in Syria. On September 18, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung hosted a conference entitled Denk Ich an Deutschland in Berlin and invited experts for a discussion …Read More

Is the West a sustainable concept and operating principle? Are we entering a phase in which a consensus surrounding the notion of law, freedom, and the foundations of what is referred to as Western values is weakening? Is a combination of fragmentation in our media and our political system, and indeed throughout Western society, undermining …Read More

As the magnitude of the refugee crisis becomes ever more apparent, Wolfgang Ischinger, head of the Munich Security Conference and an AICGS Trustee, weighs in on the steps Europe and the world must take to stem the crisis, in this article from Focus (in German).  The EU and its partners must find a political solution in …Read More

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