New Policy Priorities for the Transatlantic Partnership
More than twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the United States and Germany remain close political and economic allies. However, personal ties between the two allies have diminished. In Germany, favorable opinions of the United States are at an all-time low. On the other side of the Atlantic, the United States is focusing more on Asia and criticizes Europe—and especially Germany—for not stepping up to its leadership role on pressing policy issues from the European Union’s economic crisis to EU-Russian relations. While Washington and Berlin will never agree on all policy issues, several US and German policy objectives could be aligned, providing a basis for increased cooperation. This would allow the two allies to renew personal ties and develop a mutual understanding of each other’s internal policy goals and constraints—strengthening the US-German relationship in the process. Continue reading at the Atlantic Council’s blog here.
Kirsten Verclas is a Senior Program Officer in the International Department of the National Association of Regulatory Utilities (NARUC), where she works on capacity building programs with African energy regulators at the regional and bilateral levels. Ms. Verclas writes on energy issues in the transatlantic context as a Nonresident Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), and as participant in the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security’s US-German Next Generation Project. The views expressed in this article are the author’s alone, and do not represent the views of NARUC or AICGS.