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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 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” …

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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 …

As the U.S. Economy Gains Steam, the Trade Deficit Debate Could Return

During the Biden administration’s first 100 days, a milestone that will be reached on May 1, trade policy has so far not played the central role it did under the …

USTR’s Promising Start for Transatlantic Economic Relations

On Monday, the Biden administration released the 2021 Trade Policy Agenda and 2020 Annual Report, an annual event that the 1974 U.S. trade act requires take place by March 1. …

The EU’s Trade Policy Review: Conflicting Signals for Transatlantic Strategy?

The European Commission released its long-awaited Trade Policy Review (TPR) this week, placing it under the banner of “An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy.” Perhaps because of the manifold …

After the Capitol Siege: Politics First, Then Economics

One of the signature lines in Bertolt Brecht’s Three Penny Opera, a product of social ferment in 1920s Berlin, is “Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral.” One implication …

Acting Digitally: The EU Rewrites Its Internet Rules

Last week the European Commission put forward two sweeping proposals to overhaul the European Union’s rules governing the behavior of large Internet companies: the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the …