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Discussing Transatlantic Partnership at the American-German Situation Room

As a fellow in the American-German Situation Room, I sought to learn as much as possible about the approach and direction of the Trump administration. In discussions with various experts, …

Populist Wild Fires are Spreading – Why Now?

Why now? Why are far-right populist wild fires continuing to spread in the U.S. and Europe—and elsewhere around the globe? The latest versions in Europe are a landslide victory of Viktor …

Congress Approves Data Access Outside of the United States (CLOUD Act) – But the EU May Not Like It

The Italian Machiavelli once famously stated: “I am not interested in preserving the status quo, I want to overthrow it.”  It is no secret that many U.S. government officials and …

First Cabinet Meeting Of Merkel IV Government

Merkel 4.0: Bridge to a New Generation of Leaders

Angela Merkel was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany for the fourth and, most likely, last time. It was an unpromising start to the end of her political career. In …

4th Time: Merkel Sworn in as German Chancellor

Featuring Jackson Janes via Deutsche Welle on March 14, 2018.

‘Real American’ immigrants fight to preserve the best of the U.S.

In 1975, the Communist Pathet Lao emerged victorious in a civil war that lasted over 20 years. More than 300,000 Laotians fled to neighboring Thailand, where they lived in refugee …

GroKo 3.0: Of Options, Obstacles, and Opportunities

Now that the white smoke has billowed from the SPD chimney to bless the GroKo arrangement, leaders in Berlin are ready to get on with the business of governing. There …

NextGen Rising

The White Rose, the German Nazi resistance movement founded by Munich university students in 1942, started to trend on Twitter in February 2018 as Germans marked the 75th anniversary of …

Deutschland 4.0? Germany’s Digital Strategy Over the Next Four Years

On Sunday, the members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) voted in favor of the coalition agreement that will see Angela Merkel to remain Chancellor for the next four years. …

Wolfgang Bretschneider, AGSR Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Wolfgang Bretschneider as an AICGS/GMF Fellow with the American-German Situation Room in Washington, DC, in February-March 2018. Dr. Wolfgang Bretschneider is an economist at both …

From 2C to D.C.: College of Idaho grad moves to Washington, D.C., to work in health policy

Read about AICGS’ Transatlantic Exchange Program participant Aliza Auces and her experiences as one of the first Latinas from Idaho to work in health policy in Washington, DC. Via the …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire

Most Europeans remain flabbergasted that Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. Millions of Americans are equally confused. Trying to overcome the fixation on tweets is not an easy task—let …

A New Responsibility for Internet Platforms: Germany’s New Hate Speech Law

As Germany rang in the new year, a controversial online hate speech law came into full effect. The Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG), or the Network Enforcement Act, requires internet platforms with more than two million …

Define and Deliver: The SPD Party Conference

Four months after Germans went to the polls to set the stage for a new government, they are finally a step closer. The vote at the January 21 SPD party …