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Choosing A Chancellor: from Bavaria to Berlin?

The abrupt departure of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK) from the race to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor leaves several potential CDU candidates vying for the opportunity. The immediate focus has been …

A Transatlantic China Policy Can Succeed Where the U.S. and Europe Would Fail Separately

China dominates American foreign policy discourse, driven by a broad bipartisan consensus that the United States has for too long turned a blind eye to China’s growing influence and global …

The Fall of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Earlier today, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK) announced that she will not be the chancellor candidate in the regularly scheduled Bundestag election in fall 2021 and that she is stepping down as …

The New German Math

The chaos in Thuringia is another sign that the German party system is fragmenting, with dangerous consequences both for Germany and for its role in Europe. The new German political …

Auschwitz is a Warning: Comments on the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Arrival of the Red Army at Auschwitz-Birkenau

I want to discuss three points regarding Auschwitz and Holocaust Memory Today. First, despite a massive scholarship on the subject, knowledge in the public and in the world of policy …

Auschwitz: History and Icon

Auschwitz has become an icon of other-worldly evil, rightly signifying a crime like no other. That monstrous camp of gas chambers and crematoria, however, is also a distinctly human creation …

The Federal Republic’s Political and Societal Responses to Auschwitz

To stand here today and address you as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is far from easy. I am filled with a deep shame at the barbaric crimes …

Transatlantic Trade Is Stuck: Time to Integrate Trade, Technology, and Security

Transatlantic trade is in dire straits. The new year is set to once again unearth old and new trade quarrels, from the Airbus-Boeing litigation saga, the still looming tariff threat …

5G Decision Time in Germany

Early in the week, German chancellor Angela Merkel sought to further delay a decision on whether to allow Chinese telecommunications company Huawei to participate in Germany’s 5G infrastructure buildup. Her …

Keeping History Alive: 75 Years after the Liberation of Auschwitz

One of the negative icons of the twentieth century was the Holocaust—the Nazi German persecution and murder of approximately 6 million Jewish people in Europe during World War II from …

Immigration and Questions of Identity in Akron, Ohio

Overview of Issues The United States, built on a history of immigration, is no stranger to questions of integration, identity, and social cohesion. It has long grappled with these questions, …

Can the German Obsession with Balanced Budgets Be Overcome?

For many years international observers, including U.S. Nobel laureates like Paul Krugman and Robert Solow, have been wondering about certain peculiarities in German economic reasoning and economic policy. These seem …

Fiscal Stimulus for the European Economy: The Right Thing?

With weaker economic growth in Europe, the idea is being resurrected that European governments, or at least those with “enough fiscal space,” should stimulate their economies by increasing government debt …

Rethinking U.S.-EU Trade: From FTA to SEA

Phil Hogan, the new European Commissioner for Trade, is traveling to Washington this week to seek a “reset of the EU/US trade relationship,” which has been under strain. President Trump called …