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Can the German Obsession with Balanced Budgets Be Overcome?

For many years international observers, including U.S. Nobel laureates like Paul Krugman and Robert Solow, have been wondering about certain peculiarities in German economic reasoning and economic policy. These seem …

Fiscal Stimulus for the European Economy: The Right Thing?

With weaker economic growth in Europe, the idea is being resurrected that European governments, or at least those with “enough fiscal space,” should stimulate their economies by increasing government debt …

Dr. Jackson Janes on German economic outlook and the end of the Merkel era on CGTN

AICGS President Emeritus Dr. Jackson Janes spoke recently on CGTN about Merkel’s successes and weaknesses in her time in office, the impact of coalition politics and political parties on the …

The Economics of AfD Expansion

With the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) achieving almost 25 percent in the elections in the two east German states of Brandenburg and Saxony in September 2019, and both …

Germany’s Growth Model under Attack?

On his last visit to Berlin in the beginning of May, French president Emmanuel Macron said that “the German growth model has perhaps run its course.” He argued that the …

The German Industry Strategy 2030: Inconsistent and Dangerous!

In March, the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, presented the so-called National Industry Strategy 2030: Strategic guidelines for a German and European industrial policy (henceforth …

Done is Better Than Perfect: Perfectionism is no friend in addressing geopolitical challenges that impact the German economy.

German companies’ ability to perfect processes or products is unique in the global market and lends any export with a “Made in Germany” stamp a certain level of cachet. But …

Why Germany and the U.S. Should Embark on a Large-Scale Investment Program Now

In recent years, fiscal policy in Germany and the U.S. has diverged. In response to the financial crisis both countries implemented large stimulus programs, but over time the policy priorities …

Maria Skora, AGSR Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Maria Skora as an AICGS/GMF Fellow with the American-German Situation Room in Washington, DC, in February 2019. Maria Skora is Senior Project Manager at Das …

Episode 05: Transatlantic Relations and the Evolving View of China

China has represented opportunity—both geopolitical and economic—since its dramatic openings in the 1970s. There are, of course, the opportunities for China itself:  hundreds of millions of people have escaped poverty …

Episode 01: Talking Transatlantic Trade: Will the truce hold?

Trade is a top issue in the transatlantic relationship. Since he took office, President Trump has been focused on the U.S. trade deficit and economic competition with Europe, with China, …

Google 2.0 in China? A Look at the Global Competition for Tech Dominance

Hundreds of Google employees recently signed a letter over ethical concerns about the company’s transparency on a secret project intended for the Chinese market. Known internally as Dragonfly, the project …

The Lehman Lesson

Most people remember where they were when JFK was shot, or the Berlin Wall fell, or the Twin Towers were struck. Wars, assassinations, or natural catastrophes remain unforgettable among those …

Ending the U.S. Trade Deficit with Europe: Inevitable, or Unnecessary?

“If something cannot go on forever it will stop.” – Herbert Stein, Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers 1972-74 When seeking to understand U.S. trade policy toward …

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