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

On June 29, AICGS hosted a seminar on conflicts in the international regulation of intellectual property rights. Justus Dreyling, a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in May and June 2016, presented his research on conflicts over intellectual property protection for educational materials and agricultural seeds. Recent negotiations on copyright protection and access to cultural and educational materials …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

Not only has manufacturing come back to the U.S., it has also changed in the meantime, asking for new and different skill sets compared to previous times when the U.S. had a competitive edge with products “Made in America.” The “old” manufacturing used to be dark, dirty, and dangerous; the “new” manufacturing looks very different, …Read More

AICGS Senior Research Associate Parke Nicholson sits down with Robert Lerman, Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute and professor of economics at American University, to discuss his recent Policy Report for AICGS on the topic of workforce education in the United States and Germany.

Cutting across policy areas, energy security decision-making has become a necessity in the twenty-first century. Having important consequences for climate and space policy, domestic and transatlantic debates over energy policy include inherent risks that have eluded international efforts. In Energy and Security Risks: A Transatlantic Comparison, the authors address these intertwined consequences in three policy …Read More

Statistics indicate that the instance of cyberattacks continues to increase despite improvements in detection of malicious software.  Mr. Jan Neutze contends that in light of the increasing prevalence of cybersecurity breaches, governments should adopt risk-based approaches to protect themselves against cyberattacks.  Risk-based cybersecurity methods rely on experts determining areas of security weakness, containing attackers following …Read More

Universities can be a driving force for innovation, as discussed in this Policy Report

On January 27, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), together with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), hosted a workshop on “Education, Organization, and Technology: The Keys to Muslim Integration in the U.S. and Germany.” The workshop was generously supported by the Draeger Foundation. Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of young …Read More

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Andreas Pinkwart is a German politician and has been Professor for Business Administration at the University of Siegen since 1998. He also has been deputy chairman of the federal Free Democratic Party since May 2003. In 2002 he was elected to the German Parliament, where he remained until his appointment as Deputy Prime Minister of …Read More

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