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Episode 47: False Information, Conspiracy Theories, and Right-Wing Extremism

Since the Covid 19 pandemic began in many countries, conspiracy theories and political extremism have grown but particularly in the United States and Germany. False information has flourished, leading the …

Episode 46: Transatlantic Trade Policy for the Future: Climate, WTO, and China

Trade is one of the most important elements in the transatlantic relationship, and the values of open and fair competition have underpinned efforts by the United States and the European …

Episode 45: Democracy as the Victor in Germany’s Federal Election

The September 26 German federal election marked a notable decline of the traditional big-tent parties (Volksparteien) and significant gains by the Green Party and the liberal Free Democratic Party, who …

Episode 44: Climate Policy and International Economic and Financial Cooperation

Climate policy has become a major issue in German domestic politics and was a key topic for the recent German federal election. All major political parties in Germany included climate …

Episode 43: Living the American-German Relationship—A Conversation with Martin Richenhagen

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, our guest is Prof. Dr. Martin Richenhagen, Chairman of the AICGS Board of Trustees and former CEO of the American agricultural machinery manufacturer AGCO …

Episode 42: A New Direction for Germany?

The German federal election campaign is heating up after Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) finally chose Armin Laschet as the bloc’s …

Episode 41: Trade Talk with Soumaya Keynes—Biden’s Trade Policy, the Transatlantic Relationship, and the Next Chapter

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS’ Jeff Rathke and Peter Rashish speak with Soumaya Keynes, trade and globalization editor at The Economist and co-host of the Trade Talks podcast, …

Episode 40: National Bellwethers for the German Federal Election?

The March 14 elections for state legislatures in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate kicked off an electoral marathon that will culminate in the September 26 German federal election, the …

Episode 39: Revitalizing Transatlantic Power

President Joe Biden has made rebuilding the transatlantic partnership a focus of his administration after four years of frosty relations between Europe and the United States. One of the most …

Episode 38: Lessons for Dealing with Right-Wing Extremism in the United States and Germany

Right-wing extremism has been on the rise around the world. The January 6, 2021 insurrection that attached the U.S. capital and the August 2020 protest in Berlin which breached the …

Episode 37: A Warming Trend for the U.S.-EU Partnership?

Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th president of the United States has generated optimism about the prospects for renewing transatlantic relations after the cold front of the Trump years. As …

Episode 36: The Politics of Drones and the Future of Germany’s Defense Policy

Germany has dramatically increased its defense spending since the wake-up call of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine – the 2020 defense budget is 40% greater …

Episode 35: The Christian Democratic Union after Merkel: The Race for CDU Chairmanship and the 2021 Federal Election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not stand for re-election when voters go to the polls on September 26, 2021. Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is one of the most successful …

Episode 34: Berlin Wall: The View from the West

Images of the fall of the Berlin Wall dominate the public consciousness when thinking about the end of the Cold War. Photos of jubilant Germans standing atop the symbol of …

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