On December 15, 2016, President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated his former bankruptcy lawyer, David Friedman, to be the U.S. ambassador to Israel. The prospective appointment reiterates for the nth time that any assumptions made about the future of U.S. foreign policy prior to November 8, 2016 must be dismissed. Indeed, the most unconventional incoming president …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

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

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Global markets are shaken, then stabilize, after Trump victory (NYT) Volkswagen chairman under investigation in Germany (USA Today) Poultry caged as bird flu spreads through Germany (The Local Germany) Tesla buys Germany’s Grohmann Engineering to help ramp up electric car …Read More

Addressing civilians’ needs in Iraq remains a key task of the U.S.-led Global Coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) especially amid ongoing military operations and fears of a post-ISIL vacuum in areas previously held by the group. Encouraging safe return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is at the core of …Read More

On January 20 2017, President Hillary Clinton or President Donald Trump will inherit Barack Obama’s legacy, just as Mr Obama still uses George W Bush’s tenure as a reference for his own. In broad strokes, Mr Obama’s foreign policy has reflected a swing of the pendulum away from what he perceived as his predecessor’s aggressive …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics German taxman goes after foreign banks (DW) Germany’s Merkel calls for push on EU-US trade deal (WP) Germany’s economy minister woos Tehran on trade visit (DW) German businesses consider alternative labor models (DW) Concern Over Deutsche Bank’s Health Shakes Markets (NYT) Angela …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 Volkswagen gets initial approval of $14.7 billion settlement with U.S. drivers. The auto maker plans to hire 250 to 300 people to work exclusively on the process. (WSJ) Registration for the new EU-U.S. data transfer agreement begins next month and companies need …Read More

Military and civilian reconstruction engagement in Afghanistan has had a significant impact on U.S.-German relations. Whilst the United States and overall NATO engagements have received much attention in international media and scholarly debate, the German contribution has arguably been somewhat downplayed and, at times, negatively criticized. The criticism was perhaps justified in the early stages …Read More

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