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The Wider Atlantic blog examines the United States, Germany, and the European Union from a national interest perspective. It takes a wide-angle look at the policies, agreements, and institutions that define the transatlantic economic relationship and shape the global context in which it operates. While focusing mostly on the “what” of policy, it is also on the lookout for the “how” – the narratives that can advance common U.S.-European interests in an unruly world.
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The WTO and National Security

Destress and Reform The Biden administration has reacted strongly to the ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) last week against the Trump-era national security tariffs on steel and aluminum. …

Compartmentalizing the Transatlantic Economic Relationship

What is the best way to judge the success of the third meeting of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) held on December 5th at the University of Maryland …

Trade Liberalization: De Jure and De Facto

More than a year and a half into his administration, President Biden has so far followed through on a key campaign pledge: to forego new trade deals that open U.S. …

Friendshoring: Democracy or Diversity?

In an April 2, 1917 speech before Congress arguing for U.S. entry into World War I, President Woodrow Wilson famously declared that “the world must be made safe for democracy.” …

Reading Between the Lines of U.S. China Policy

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave a speech to George Washington University on May 26 with the admirably straightforward title of “The Administration’s Approach to the People’s Republic of …

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The EU’s Old School Approach to Russian Oil

Over the last two years, the European Union has innovated in a remarkable fashion to strengthen both its internal and external roles as an economic actor. As the EU struggles …

Revoking Russia’s Trade Privileges

The System Worked Last Friday, the G7 and the European Union decided to revoke Russia’s “most favored nation” (MFN) status, or what is called “Permanent Normal Trade Relations” in the …

Rules or Tools?

The World Trade Organization, the hundreds of bilateral and regional trade agreements, and the more informal norms, principles, and frameworks that together form the global trading system are consistently referred …

Will France Lead the EU to More “Autonomy”?

To mark the start of France’s six-month presidency of the European Union, President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen honored two French citizens at a January …

Germany Emerges from Economic Realpolitik

The 178-page coalition agreement announced last week by Germany’s next government comprised of the Social Democrats (SPD), Greens, and Free Democrats (FDP) and called “Alliance for Freedom, Justice, and Sustainability” …

Nudging Germany toward a More Strategic Economic Role

The Social Democrats have come out on top in yesterday’s German election and are likely to lead the next government. But despite their losses, the Christian Democrats may still have …

Trade and Climate: A Looming Transatlantic Face-Off?

The idea that trade policies should be put to work on behalf of climate goals is gaining increasing currency. In a striking case of serendipity, the European Union and the …

After Merkel’s Steady Hand, A More European and Strategically-Minded Germany?

On July 15, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with President Joe Biden in the White House, the first European leader to visit him since he took office in January. …

The U.S.-EU Summit Resets the Narrative on Trade

Yesterday’s U.S.-EU Summit in Brussels was remarkable simply for taking place, as it was the first since 2014. But even more striking was the way U.S. President Joe Biden characterized …