A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics German economic growth will slow in second half, ministry says (Reuters) Volkswagen Shareholders Seek $9.2 Billion Over Diesel Scandal (NYT) Merkel Wants Germany to Get Refugees Into Workforce Faster (NYT) Germany Expects Fair Result in Deutsche Bank U.S. Mortgages Case (NYT) Is …Read More

In recent years, profound changes in the European security environment have sparked vigorous debate in Germany on how best to respond, calling into question the status quo of the country’s post–World War II pacifist “culture of restraint.” Since the Munich Security Conference in 2014, many officials have been advocating for a more active German foreign …Read More

Yogi Bera – that immortal American philosopher – once said that it is tough to make predictions, especially about the future. Well, here is one prediction. A year from now, Angela Merkel will be approaching the closing days of her election campaign, if she chooses to enter it in 2017. And she will win that …Read More

The liberal world order, a system based on open borders and open societies, is increasingly under attack. In the past, it was mainly left-wing anti-capitalists and right-wing nationalists who fulminated against globalization, while the mainstream consensus was solidly behind it. Not anymore. In the United States, the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has declared, “Americanism, …Read More

Introduction The 2016 White Paper on German security policy is first and foremost a document reflecting a growing sense of realism with regard to the complex nature of the new and increasingly global security challenges the country has to face at home and abroad. After the week of terror in July of this year, there …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics Germany’s output growth slowed to a 15-month low (VOA News) Germany warned Britain against negotiating free trade deals with non-EU member states before it quits the bloc (Business Times) German Finance Minister Schäuble proposes fewer taxes, more spending in 2017 budget (DW) …Read More

Germany has not yet experienced major coordinated terror incidents of the type that has hit the United States, Belgium, France, Turkey, and other countries. Two Islamist terror attacks in Bavaria, however, shocked Germany last month. The first one was carried out by an Afghan asylum seeker who wounded four people with an ax on a …Read More

As reported, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) launched its self-certification system of the Privacy Shield (PS) on 1 August. The NTIA’s website provides a host of information for U.S. and European businesses. Participating organizations are deemed to provide “adequate” privacy protection, a requirement for the transfer of personal data outside of the European …Read More

Following the two party conventions last month in Cleveland and Philadelphia, many undecided American voters and many millions watching from around the world might have concluded that they had just watched two very different movies about the United States. One depicted a country in free fall, while the other presented a picture of a promising …Read More

As I write in mid-July 2016, all the Transatlantic chatterati can seem to talk and write about—except when temporarily interrupted by terrorist outrages like the one at the Istanbul airport on June 28—is Brexit. It is as though, for some, everything was just fine in Europe before June 23. And it is all too typical …Read More

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