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Kramp-Karrenbauer’s Gamble, and Washington’s Opportunity

Ursula von der Leyen left the German defense ministry behind this week when she was confirmed as President of the European Commission by a narrow vote of the European Parliament.  …

Sitting in a Schleudersitz 

If Ursula von der Leyen and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer soon meet for a drink to discuss their respective new job prospects, one wonders which woman thinks she faces the greater challenge. …

The Future of the Society, Culture & Politics Program

Senior Fellow and Director of the Society, Culture & Politics Program Dr. Eric Langenbacher lays out his vision for the future of the program.

Democracy and the Double Standard: European Parliament Responses to Ursula von der Leyen

Feminist scholars on both sides of the Atlantic have long assumed that there is a positive correlation between women’s numerical presence in legislative bodies (descriptive representation) and their ability to …

More than Trade Policy: U.S. and German Responses to the New Global Economy

Event Summary Professor Marcel Fratzscher, the president of DIW Berlin—a leading European research institute—and one of Germany’s top economists, spoke at a recent AICGS lunch event on “More than Trade …

U.S. and German Energy Policy at a Crossroads? The Transatlantic Partners and the Future of Energy Cooperation

The U.S. and Germany are moving in fundamentally different directions with their energy policies. Germany has embarked on its “Energiewende,” an energy strategy based on renewable energy and energy efficiency …

Germany’s Strategy of Balancing China and the U.S. and Bolstering Competitiveness

Looking to balance China and the U.S. has made Peter Altmaier a very busy man these days. The German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy is traversing Silicon Valley …

Reflections on Legacies and Lessons of 1989

In evaluating history, T.S. Eliot reminded us that human beings often “had the experience but missed the meaning.” In efforts to make sense of our past, we look for patterns …

The Transatlantic Relationship Needs a New Organizing Principle on China

After rounds of disappointing bilateral trade negotiations, the meeting between U.S. president Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Osaka again offered a glimmer of …

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Democrats Give Glimmer of Hope to Europe in First Debate: But Is It Enough?

Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, American transatlanticists have been repeating the phrase “the U.S. is more than just the president,” to their allies across the ocean. “Look to Congress,” …

The Weaponization of Economic Policy on Both Sides of the Atlantic: Something’s Got to Give.

On July 25, 2018, Presidents Trump and Juncker agreed that the United States and the European Union should join forces to “protect American and European companies better from unfair global …

The AfD’s Path to Salvini: Winding, Yet Predictable

Earlier this month, the creation of the right-wing populist European Parliament group “Identity and Democracy” (ID) was officially announced. With the Alternative for Germany sending eleven Members of the European …

A Tale of Two Futures

The Future of Work Debate in Germany and the United States From Berlin to Washington, public debates about the future of work is omnipresent. Policymakers, business leaders, unions, and academics …

Engaging the Next Generation of Transatlantic Leaders

The project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in a dialogue on relevant issues within the transatlantic relationship. The participants …