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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 …

The Surprising Strength of the Greens

Inspecting the German Greens in the election year 2021 Current opinion polls place the German Alliance 90/The Greens well above 20 percent, clearly in front of the Social Democrats and …

EU Answers U.S. Call to Cooperate on China, Now Comes the Hard Part

The recent tit-for-tat sanctions between the EU and China over human rights abuses in Xinjiang feel like a turning point in EU-China relations. Beijing’s fierce retaliation that targeted EU institutions, …

The German Greens

On the verge of entering government? Or even able to name Germany’s next Chancellor? March 14, 2021, was the day when Germany’s mega election year suddenly burst into life. Elections …

An opportunity that won’t come again

With President Joe Biden, the United States is making a comeback on the world stage. Originally published in DIE WELT, Hamburg, 3 March 2021, Dr. Jackson Janes and Dr. Eckhard …

Episode 40: National Bellwethers for the German Federal Election?

The March 14 elections for state legislatures in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate kicked off an electoral marathon that will culminate in the September 26 German federal election, the …

The German Corona Summit Strategy Has Failed

The Germans are known for their word creations: Maskenverweigerer (anti-masker), Impfmuffel (anti-vaxxer), Coronaleugner (denying that the virus is a health risk), and the English/German tongue-twister Wellenbrecherlockdown (breaking a Corona wave …

Germany’s Election Year Enters New Gear

The CDU/CSU Struggles to Regain Traction Germany’s national election in September will produce a new chancellor, as Angela Merkel retires from public life. Her conservatives took a shellacking in two …

Kraftwerk, the Greens, and Ever-Changing Radioactivity

Music is the reflection of the society that makes it. One of the most influential musical acts of the twentieth century (second only to the Beatles), Kraftwerk was the defining …

The 2021 Superwahljahr Begins

The elections in Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg In German politics, the term Superwahljahr (super election year) refers to a year in which there will be many elections at various levels of …

Episode 39: Revitalizing Transatlantic Power

President Joe Biden has made rebuilding the transatlantic partnership a focus of his administration after four years of frosty relations between Europe and the United States. One of the most …

The Christian Democrats and the Alternative for Germany

The Cost of Continued Moderation 171. This is the real effect of the Alternative for Germany. Normally political parties in Germany take only a few days to form a governing …

Texas Grid Failure

Lessons from Germany As the climate crisis continues to worsen, humans globally are faced with a decision: learn to adapt or face the consequences of sticking to business as usual. …

The AfD in the Run-up to the 2021 German National Election

Down but Not Out In 2017 the Alternative for Germany (AfD) entered the Bundestag, marking the first time in recent history a far-right populist party overcame the Federal Republic’s 5 …