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On Capitol Hill, Transatlantic Trade Returns to Its Roots

Once, when I was trying to explain to a German acquaintance the personalities and geography of U.S. trade politics, I casually mentioned that despite skepticism toward trade among many Democrats, …

After NAFTA: What the USMCA Means for Germany and Europe

October 1 saw the birth of the “United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement” that will replace NAFTA, the 25-year old accord that governed trade among the three North American countries. While the EU …

For Now, the White House Sees Trade with the EU as Win-Win

The transatlantic trade truce announced by President Trump and EU Commission President Juncker after their meeting in the White House yesterday is significant for two reasons. First, the U.S. president …

Ending the U.S. Trade Deficit with Europe: Inevitable, or Unnecessary?

“If something cannot go on forever it will stop.” – Herbert Stein, Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers 1972-74 When seeking to understand U.S. trade policy toward …

The White House’s Steel Tariffs Decision: Bad, But It Could Have Been Worse

We take the view that without a strong economy, you cannot have strong national security. – Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Yesterday’s decision by the Trump administration to levy …

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Name the Free-Market Economy – America or Europe?

A Martian is being briefed about his upcoming visit to Earth, where he is told there are two big economies, Reagania and Bureaucratia. Reagania is known for its belief in …

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The Transatlantic Trade Drama Enters Act III

The drama over steel and aluminum tariffs is now entering its third act. The plot lines have become clear, and the possible denouements are emerging. But it remains to be …

National Myths are an Unreliable Guide to Trade Policy

March Madness: it would be tempting to describe recent U.S. trade policy that way. First, the Trump administration imposed tariffs of 25 percent on U.S. steel imports and 15 percent …

Trump’s Tariff Policy Present – and Yet-to-Come

  Trump Rescinds Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Amid Concerns for Auto, Construction Industries Washington, December 20, 2019 – Stating that he wanted to avoid “too much of a good thing” for …

Welcome to The Wider Atlantic

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 …

U.S. Trade Policy: Clearing the Brush – or Pulling up Stakes?

The Trump administration has been in office for a little over a year now, and it is becoming clear there are two ways to view its approach to trade policy. …

For Germany’s Social Democrats, a Chance to be Europe’s Superman

It was 80 years ago this year that DC Comics first published Superman, and with this comic book series launched a franchise of superheroes that shows no sign of losing …

The G20 Trifecta

Germany – Argentina – Japan: Not a list of three regional soccer powerhouses, but rather the troika of past, current, and future presidency countries of the G20. On December 1, …

America’s Four Economic Families

The United States may have two major political parties, but it is becoming clear that it has four economic families: Small government + free trade = Mainstream Republicans Small government …

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