Thomas Friedman has the talent to write about complicated subjects in a way that normal people can wrap their heads around. He does this by choosing an overarching theme and then spices up the explanation with various metaphors, analogies, and anecdotes galore. Whether it be about the Middle East or climate change, Friedman comes up …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Trump’s planned tariff on GM would violate NAFTA (Bloomberg) Deutsche Bahn plans to expand “Silk Rail” for cargo trains from and to China (Handelsblatt Global) German inflation jumps to fastest since 2013 on oil prices (Bloomberg) Foreign and Domestic Policy …Read More

At the end of 2016, the transatlantic policy community is in a state of flux. New leaders on both sides of the Atlantic have assumed office—or will do so soon—and bring with them what are, in some cases, profoundly different views than those of their predecessors.  The issue of climate change is one such case …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany will soon have more refugees in work than out (The Local Germany) Germany considers forcing Facebook to delete fake news (Politico) Tech employees vow not to help Trump surveil Muslims, deport immigrants (Reuters) China’s billionaire warns Trump curbs could …Read More

The question of Europe’s ability to stabilize its neighborhood and even to defend its own territory was high on the agenda this year. The election of Donald Trump—who repeatedly questioned the relevance of NATO on the campaign trail—again underlined the need for Europeans to invest more in their own defense capabilities. In an interview, Trump …Read More

The 2016 U.S. presidential election created shock waves around the world, but it was not the first unexpected outcome in 2016, and would not be the last. The results of elections and referenda held in 2016 in the U.S. and in Europe are likely to have a significant impact on upcoming elections in 2017. Right-wing …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics New study shows: City dwellers in Germany are poorer than rural neighbors (DW) Aixtron could revive Chinese takeover despite U.S. block (Reuters) German government must compensate utilities for nuclear law, court rules (WSJ) EU sues seven EU countries over VW …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Obama is poised to block a Chinese company from buying Aixtron SE in Germany (Bloomberg) As Trump prepares for office, concerns about China trade intensify (The Washington Post) German scholars positive about Trump investment plans (DW) EU court asks: Is …Read More

Wait and see. That is the best advice I can give to German and European policymakers regarding the forthcoming presidency of Donald Trump. Trump’s misogynist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and lie-ridden campaign rhetoric has rightly disgusted many Americans. And his promise to reexamine U.S. alliances around the world has rightly worried U.S. allies. But we have also …Read More

On December 8, 2016, AICGS hosted a seminar on “Transatlantic Relations in a Changing World Order: U.S. and European Responses to China’s Rise in Africa” with DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow Dr. Anna Stahl. Her presentation focused on the EU’s and the United States’ reaction to China’s increased influence as an actor in Africa. China has gained …Read More

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