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Merkel’s Return Engagement: An Ambitious Agenda, Too Little Time

When Angela Merkel visits Donald Trump on April 27, the meeting of two vastly different personalities may again be awkward, but it may also yield some reminders of just how …

Merkel can make her second Trump visit a success

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who meets with Donald Trump next Friday, hopes to improve on their inaugural tête-à-tête in March 2017 when the U.S. president appeared to withhold shaking her hand during an Oval Office …

Cornelius Vogt, AGSR Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Cornelius Vogt as an AICGS/GMF Fellow with the American-German Situation Room in Washington, DC, in April and May 2018. Cornelius Vogt works as a project …

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 …

Are German-Israeli Relations Still “Special?” A Response to Ambassador Shimon Stein

Shimon Stein’s essay on the complex relationship between Germany and Israel is both penetrating and provocative. As Israel approaches the 70th anniversary of the state’s founding on May 14, it …

Germany-Israel Relations: Unique or Normal?

Recent events and statements by German figures indicate a change in Germany’s attitude to Israel. What for decades was a unique bilateral relationship – grounded in the memory of the …

The Open Door Swings Back: The Challenge of Chinese Investment

On 26 February, the Taurus docked at pier 3 in Greece’s rebuilt port of Piraeus. At nearly two hundred thousand tons, the ship is longer than four football fields and capable of …

Jörn Quitzau, AGSR Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Jörn Quitzau as an AICGS/GMF Fellow with the American-German Situation Room in Washington, DC, in April 2018. Joern Quitzau (PhD, University of Hamburg) is a Senior …

How Germany can reframe the US-China trade debate

By Peter Rashish in Handelsblatt Global on April 4, 2018.

The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism: German vs. American Responses

Anti-Semitism in Germany Germany has a rocky history with anti-Semitism—to say the least. After WWII, reconciliation with Jewish populations became a large part of Germany’s foreign and domestic policy, and …

Transatlantic Cooperation on Blockchain: Getting Ahead of the Curve

To great relief around the world, in mid-March Angela Merkel was sworn in as Federal Chancellor for the fourth consecutive time. This puts an end to the almost six-month long …

Trade Imbalances: Does the German Current Account Surplus Need to Be Corrected?

U.S. president Donald Trump has recently imposed tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. The goal of his protectionist approach is to protect the domestic industry against competition he views …