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

The war in Afghanistan is notable for two major things: it is the longest war in American history, and it has enjoyed as many accomplishments as it has been beset by disappointments. The lessons learned may take far longer than the war itself…whenever and however it is defined as over. Coalition Challenges in Afghanistan (Gale Mattox …Read More

With a mixture of capability, reciprocity, and pure luck, Germany has so far avoided a Jihadi terrorist attack (with the exception of a “lone wolf” killing of two American soldiers at the Frankfurt airport in 2011). The capability of Germany’s security apparatus seems to be more effective than many realize. Unlike in some European partner …Read More

German chancellor Angela Merkel and last week’s European Union summit are focused on keeping the 3 million Syrian refugees who came to Turkey inside Turkey and are enacting measures to dissuade refugees from taking the sea route to Greece and thereby seeking asylum in Western Europe. However, these initiatives, such as the €3 billion EU-Turkey …Read More

The cauldron of crises on display at the recent Munich Security Conference may have been familiar to some who have been engaged in transatlantic relations over the past fifty years. After all, the post-World War II era was marked by conflicts overshadowed by the threat of thousands of nuclear weapons. But at this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC), the cauldron of contemporary disorder was overflowing. Even references made to the summer of …Read More

As the Syrian refugee crisis continues, Germany is feeling the pressure from an influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants.  On 3 February, Germany introduced a new bill that will reduce public welfare benefits in order to dissuade refugees from entering the country.  Seeking to reduce the migrant influx, Germany recently changed the status of …Read More

Ukraine and EU Sanctions against Russia The European consensus for maintaining Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia is beginning to unravel.  In addition to the economic costs of sanctions to European industry and agriculture, two major factors are contributing to the decline in support for the sanctions policy: Although the sanctions have damaged the Russian economy, the …Read More

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