Dr. Stephen F. Szabo is the Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy (TA). As Executive Director, Dr. Szabo works with the partners of the TA to shape the research content of each term, to assist in the recruitment and selection of Fellows and to manage the Academy. Prior to joining GMF, Dr…. Read more >
On October 20, 2011, the American Institute for Contemporary Studies (AICGS) hosted a discussion on “German Foreign Policy in Europe: From Vanguard to Laggard – and Back Again?” During the seminar, Mr. Benjamin Herborth, DAAD/AICGS Fellow, discussed broader patterns of change in German foreign policy in terms of an underlying dynamic of… Read more >
With the current parliament in Germany half way through its normal lifespan of four years, now is as opportune a moment as any to review the performance of the federal coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP under Chancellor Angela Merkel. Perhaps inevitably, much of the euphoric talk of a Wunschkoalition, which both parties… Read more >
In his essay Buying Time, Dr. Tim Stuchtey, Managing Director of the Brandenburgisches Institut für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit (BIGS) and Director of the Business & Economics Program at AICGS, takes a look at the underlying issues of the current financial crisis in Europe and asks whether the current model in Germany can be repeated elsewhere within the euro zone.
In a recent Op-Ed from the New York Times entitled Germans Love Europe, but Not the Euro, former German Ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Ischinger explains how Germany’s reluctance to fully embrace the euro, along with their love of the status quo, has led to their slow efforts at fixing the Union’s crisis. For Chancellor Merkel to lead Europe out of this crisis, she will need to convince Germany that any rescue measures are not simply for the currency, but for the future of the entire Union.
In his essay entitled Germany’s Vote Does Not Equate to a Blank Check, frequent AICGS contributor Alexander Privitera explains that Merkel and her coalition survived the latest vote on the EFSF, but that the vote may signal a line in the sand for German assistance to profligate members of the euro.
In his essay The FDP – Will Germany Have a Nationwide CSU at Last?, Stephan G. Richter, Chief Editor of The Globalist and frequent participant at AICGS events, offers his assessment of how he sees the FDP having regressed from the party’s core principles and what this could mean for its future.
In a recent Huffington Post article entitled The German-American Relationship: In the Name of What?, author Catherine Cheney seeks to answer a question posed by Dr. Jack Janes: does the transatlantic relationship mean the same thing in Berlin as it does in Washington?
In her article entitled Merkel’s Moment, originally published in the International Herald Tribune, Margarita Mathiopoulos, participant in AICGS events, suggests that it is time for Germany to come to terms with its leadership role in Europe. This realization, argues Ms. Mathiopoulos, begins with Chancellor Merkel’s willingness to lead Europe through its current crises.
In the week’s At Issue, executive director Jack Janes examines the debates surrounding Pope Benedict XVI’s first state visit to his native Germany as he seeks to rebuild the bridge between moral, religious beliefs and modern-day western society.