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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 …

Discussing Transatlantic Partnership at the American-German Situation Room

As a fellow in the American-German Situation Room, I sought to learn as much as possible about the approach and direction of the Trump administration. In discussions with various experts, …

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 …

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 …

Congress Approves Data Access Outside of the United States (CLOUD Act) – But the EU May Not Like It

The Italian Machiavelli once famously stated: “I am not interested in preserving the status quo, I want to overthrow it.”  It is no secret that many U.S. government officials and …

Civil Society Can Lead the Way

Germans and Americans have a great many important common values and common interests, yet their respective national narratives—how they define their history and place in the world today—differ considerably.  Despite …

National Myths are an Unreliable Guide to Trade Policy

March Madness: it would be tempting to describe recent U.S. trade policy that way. First, the Trump administration imposed tariffs of 25 percent on U.S. steel imports and 15 percent …

Trump außer Kontrolle? Interview with Jackson Janes

Featuring Jackson Janes via ARD on March 24, 2018.