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Rebuilding the Relationship: The Undeniable Ties Between the United States and Germany

In the wake of the recent espionage scandal, it is time for the U.S. and Germany to start cleaning up the damage and rebuild the relationship. Geopolitical hotheads on both …

Setting the Stage for a U.S.-German Partnership Befitting the Twenty-First Century

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama were right to pull the plug on the emotional debate over intelligence gathering and task their chiefs of staff, Peter Altmaier and Denis …

The Death Knells of Centrist German Liberalism-The Rise of the AfD and fall of the FDP

The rapid growth of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in Germany has certainly been a clear departure from the mood of German politics prior to the most recent Bundeswahl (Federal …

Dealing with Distrust: A German-American Dilemma

The Germans are once again angry with Washington. News stories about an alleged mole in Germany’s intelligence services, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), providing state secrets to Americans has outraged the entire …

Muslims in Germany: A Post-Crisis Update

The rise of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe has been one the most of worrying trends in the wake of the euro crisis. Surprising gains by far-right and far-left parties in …

The Opening Shots in a German Security Debate?

The signs of new strategic thinking on the German international role have emerged over the past year, particularly with the new Grand Coalition.  A more visible role in security policy …

“Made in Germany” – Produced in America? How Dual Vocational Training Programs Can Help Close the Skills Gap in the United States

Two of the strongest education systems and economies worldwide, the United States and Germany, have been among the key sources for models in skill formation emulated globally. Public and private …

Merkel’s Leadership in the Ukraine Crisis

Willy-nilly, the Ukraine crisis turned German Chancellor Angela Merkel into the geopolitical as well as financial leader of Europe. President Joachim Gauck, in the company of Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier …

Germany’s Defensive Defense: Minister von der Leyen’s First Trip to Washington

Germany’s President Joachim Gauck knows his job. He defined it himself, and the President acts through words. They may be uncomfortable words sometimes. Gauck clearly sees his version of the bully …

Germany’s Russia Policy: Comparative Perspectives and Consequences for Transatlantic Relations

German reactions to Russia’s annexation of Crimea under President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s support for separatism in eastern and southern Ukraine have resurrected suspicions and concern about the content and …

Merkel in Washington: A Reset Rendezvous

During her 2011 visit to Washington, DC, President Obama hosted Chancellor Merkel at a festive White House state dinner and conferred on her the highest award he could offer—the Medal …

German/U.S. Data Transfers: Crucial for Both Economies, Difficult to Regain Trust

There has been a heated transatlantic debate on cyber issues since Edward Snowden’s release of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents last year that described various surveillance activities, including the …