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US-EU-UK Trade: Balancing the Three-Legged Stool

Advance Bilateral Negotiations in US-EU-UK Trade Triangle The renewed warnings by leading Democrats—including the presidential candidate Joe Biden—that securing congressional support for a UK-US free trade agreement is dependent on Brexit …

Jeff Rathke on Virtual UN Diplomacy

AICGS President Jeff Rathke comments to the AP’s Ted Anthony on this week’s UN General Assembly and the limitation of virtual diplomacy, saying, “There’s subtlety that’s lost, and you also …

We Could Schaffen Das, But We Won’t

EU migration policy reform still stalled five years after peak of crisis The crisis that hit Europe in 2015 has never gone away. This summer, Germans reflected on the fifth …

Winning Over Europe

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi began his European tour this week, with planned stops in Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France, and Germany. China wants to recalibrate its ties with Europe …

The U.S.-EU Tariff Deal: Refreshing, but Bland

As part of an effort to resolve a dispute about lobster exports, the United States and the European Union agreed last Friday to reduce tariffs on approximately $270 million of …

Judy Asks: What Is Europe’s Best Way Forward for Belarus?

Jeff Rathke responds: “Belarus is a dramatic reminder of the yearning for freedom and the importance of decades-old Euro-Atlantic principles in the Helsinki Final Act and the Charter of Paris. …

The Coming of A Digital Iron Curtain? The EU’s March toward Digital Sovereignty

On August 6, President Trump issued dual executive orders banning the social media apps TikTok and WeChat in the U.S. in 45 days if they are not sold by their …

As Europe Readies to Recalibrate Its Relationship with China, Should It Look to Paris Instead of Berlin?

France’s recent decision to effectively ban the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from its 5G network by 2028 came on the heels of the UK’s announcement to purge Huawei’s 5G equipment …

After the EU Summit: Without the UK, A Single Economic Future?

The European Union’s €750 billion “Next Generation EU” pandemic recovery fund announced at the EU summit on Tuesday has broken important new ground. Assuming the European Parliament gives its approval …

No More Data from Germany? European Court of Justice Invalidates the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On July 16, 2020, the “Grand Chamber” of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks were designed by the …

EU Special Summit Agrees on Post-Pandemic Recovery Fund

After four days of intensive negotiations, the EU special summit has finally made a breakthrough: EU leaders agreed on a recovery fund to combat the economic consequences of the coronavirus …

Jeff Rathke on European Defense Agenda with Smaller U.S. Footprint in DefenseNews

AICGS President Jeff Rathke discusses German defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s call for the European Union to prepare for the possibility of a U.S. disengagement from European security–regardless of election outcome: …

Instead of Trade Wars, the U.S. and EU Need a ‘Safe Trade’ Agenda

Writing in World Politics Review, AICGS Senior Fellow Peter Rashish calls for the next U.S. to “launch a ‘Safe Trade’ agenda that creates growth, resilience and security without abandoning U.S. …

Helmut Kohl and NATO Enlargement: The Search for the Post-Cold War Order

NATO Enlargement as Order-Building Diplomacy Helmut Kohl’s achievements as a statesman go well beyond Germany’s unification. In the second half of his sixteen-year tenure, Kohl played a major role in …