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Will France Lead the EU to More “Autonomy”?

To mark the start of France’s six-month presidency of the European Union, President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen honored two French citizens at a January …

Another Unmasterable Past?

The Humboldt Forum Part II As I wrote over a year ago, the new museum and cultural complex in central Berlin, the Humboldt Forum, has gradually opened since late 2020 …

EU Data Governance Act Will Set New Standards for Public Data Access

Government institutions hold a wealth of information. Wouldn’t it be beneficial if everyone had fair access to this trove—for instance, for research to develop new vaccines or to operate driverless …

Phasing Out Coal in Germany and Appalachia

Lessons Learned from Similar Experiences? The UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, known as COP 26, was held in November 2021, and it again showed that the world continues to face …

Fresh Start or False Dawn?

Prospects for U.S.-German relations in the post-Merkel era The pieces in U.S.-German relations are in flux. With the ‘traffic light’ coalition between the SPD, Greens, and FDP in office, German …

Episode 50: German Interests, a New Coalition, and a Changing World

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS president Jeff Rathke and Senior Fellow and Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish talk with Dr. Josef Joffe about Germany’s foreign and economic policy …

Transnational Breast Cancer Advocacy in the United States and Germany

In recent years, German breast cancer advocacy groups have begun taking a more American approach. Since the 2001 founding of Brustkrebs Deutschland e.V., with financial backing from U.S. cosmetics company …

Olaf Scholz’s New Cabinet

Something Old, Something New, Lots of Colors but no Blue For some, Olaf Scholz’s new ‘traffic light’ coalition government is no more than a marriage of convenience. After all, the …

Transnational Breast Cancer Advocacy in the United States and Germany

In recent years, German breast cancer advocacy groups have begun taking a more American approach. Since the 2001 founding of Brustkrebs Deutschland e.V., with financial backing from U.S. cosmetics company …

Episode 49: Health Care Workers and Public Health in Germany and the United States During COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has subjected the German and U.S. healthcare systems to tremendous pressure and posed great challenges to public health policy makers. In both countries, the pandemic has exacted …

Germany’s China Policy Moves Past Merkel

As Germany’s Merkel era ended, her brand of engagement-driven China policy seems also to have been consigned to history. The writing was already on the wall after the China-EU Comprehensive …

Xenophobia in East Germany

A commonality found between the former communist state and a current AfD stronghold? In recent years, global politics has seen a rise of far-right and far-left ideologies that seek to …

Episode 48: The Future of Germany’s Security and Defense Policy

Germany is essential to transatlantic security, a fact that grows more important with rising security challenges in Europe. Berlin’s allies have long called on the country to play a bigger …

Black Lives Matter

Activism for Reconciliation in a Divided Country Since a policeman killed Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, the United States has experienced a new phase of dealing …