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Economics

Today, Germany stands at the center of Europe and is the most influential member of the European Union. Germany is a key partner of the U.S. in its most important international trade and economic relationships. As two of the world’s leading trading nations, the United States and Germany share a deep and abiding interest in the health of the world economy. There is no other country with which the U.S. shares a stronger mix of interests and values.
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Greece and Sisyphus: When Myths Risk Becoming Reality

Officially, Greece was not even on the agenda at the Spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group last week. But the country’s obstinate flirtation with disaster was very …

Dombret Speaks on the State of the Euro Zone at Langhammer Series Event

Speaking at today’s Langhammer Series event, member of the Executive Board of the Bundesbank Dr. Andreas Dombret summarized the state of the euro area and focused on the role of …

Perspectives: No Blank ECB Check for Greece

As the new Greek government begins to reconcile its populist message with the harsh realities of governing, AICGS Business and Economics Director Alexander Privitera analyzes the implications for the euro. …

The Germany-Bubble: A Last Hurrah for a Great Economy

The newest book by Olaf Gersemann, Business editor of Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag, is bound to both offend and encourage. In assessing the strengths and weaknesses of Germany’s …

(Re-)Building Coalitions

Reforming the EU is hardly possible without coalitions of “builders” – member states willing and able to engage in sustainable coalition building at the EU level. Since 2008, the EU …

Banking Union: Another Step on the European Journey

The start of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) in the euro zone adds an important element to the euro’s financial ecosystem. It should help to restore trust in the system …

A World in Flux: German American Relations in a Changing American Order

This year’s AICGS Annual Symposium is framed around the idea of “A World in Flux”: the relative decline of the West’s economic power; the  need to  adapt our work forces …

Transparency in the Extractive Industries

Prof. Dr. Raimund Bleischwitz, a DAAD/AICGS research fellow in May and June 2013, has recently published a paper in the journal Global Environmental Politics, building on his research conducted while …

The Policy Trap: Is the Euro Crisis Back?

Now in the second half of 2014, the European economy has hit a rough patch, triggering renewed anxiety among policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic. Economists and politicians are …

Post-Soviet Apprenticeship

After the hustle and bustle of the capital city, our train passed through the countryside. Small family farms with goats abutted a busy railway. Our destination also lay in between …

Safe as Houses: Comparing Housing Finance Policies in the U.S. and Germany

The recent financial crisis demonstrated that housing is a key sector of the U.S. economy, with the potential to bring down the entire global economy. The crisis also recast the …