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Climate Politics under Trump: The United States Climate Alliance

The Paris Agreement is a milestone in the fight against climate change. Contracting parties aim to limit global warming to below 2 degrees—if possible below 1.5 degrees—compared with the pre-industrial …

After the Coronavirus: A More Digital and Greener Transatlantic Economy?

As Austria, where the coronavirus curve appears to be flattening, and other parts of the European Union cautiously reopen for business, it may not be premature to draw some initial …

The Unexpected Environmental Consequences of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is killing tens of thousands of people across the world and gravely disrupting life almost everywhere. Much of China has been shut down since January, European countries …

Will the EU’s Climate Law Turn Europe Green?

In a few weeks, the European Union will unveil the long awaited European Climate Law, designed to “set the direction of travel for EU climate action, give predictability for investors …

The Grand Coalition’s Mid-term Review and Recent Legislation

German politics has become much more unpredictable in recent years. There have been half a dozen instances when it seemed that the rather unloved grand coalition (GroKo) would break up …

Germany’s New “Climate Package”: Too Little, Too Late?

Early in October, the German government introduced its “climate package.” It is a comprehensive bill aimed at reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing a sustainable energy transformation, especially …

Kathrin Loer, Visiting Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Kathrin Loer as an NRW Fellow at AICGS from October to December 2019. Prior to her research stay at AICGS, she was a visiting professor for …

Leon Lieblang, Visiting Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Leon Lieblang as an NRW Fellow at AICGS in October and November 2019. He is a research assistant and PhD candidate at the University of …

Restarting the Transatlantic Partnership Before It’s Too Late

We live in an era of rapid changes. It is not the first time that mankind has faced a fundamental socio-technical transformation, but it is the first time that it …

A Decade After Its Inception, The G20 Engine is at Risk of Stalling

After ten years of G20 meetings, development on crucial points on the agenda was stagnant. This concerns particularly three policy areas that Germany had made a priority during its G20 …

Changing Resource Needs for a Clean Energy Future: Transatlantic Implications – Part II

Transatlantic Opportunities for a Clean Energy Future As Part I of this blogpost highlights, the transatlantic partners face some risks and uncertainties when it comes to the resources necessary for …

Changing Resource Needs for a Clean Energy Future: Transatlantic Implications – Part I

Critical Materials for a Clean Energy Transition: Rare Earths and Strategic Resources The transformation toward cleaner energy sources entails a demand for resources that are required in clean energy technologies. …

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, …

Wind Energy - Thomas Richter

Building New Transatlantic Bridges on Climate Change

President Trump’s announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the UN Paris Climate Agreement caused many European policymakers and experts to shift their focus on deepening the subnational transatlantic energy and …

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