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Germany’s Real LNG Strategy

The German federal government has decided in favor of building liquid natural gas (LNG) import terminals and infrastructure. In March, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU-SPD government, in its “coalition contract,” pledged to …

Judy Asks: Should Germany Dump Nord Stream 2? Can it?

This is a tough call. Germany has an interest in keeping a Russian stake in the stability of Europe, something President Putin has just emphasized—and he is actually speaking the …

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 …

The Transatlantic Mobility Challenge

The annual conference of the parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an important venue for stakeholders to highlight the blind spots of international …

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder Says He’ll Join Rosneft’s Board

Featuring Jack Janes via The Wall Street Journal on August 30, 2017.

Two Cheers for the House Russia Sanctions

Energy policy is the geoeconomic tool par excellence. Whether it is the OPEC oil embargoes of the 1970s, the subsequent creation of the International Energy Agency by Western consuming nations, …

Neue Neue Ostpolitik

On June 15, the US Senate approved an act to sharply expand sanctions imposed on Russia in retaliation for its intervention in eastern Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014. …

What the United States Can Learn from Germany: Workforce Training and Public Investment

Political tensions between Germany and the U.S. promptly resurfaced not long after the new administration took possession of the White House. Many will argue at length about who is right …

Ripple Effects of a Trump Win: The Nuclear Debate in Germany

The ripple effects of Donald Trump’s election victory continue to expand around the world. “What if” questions have emerged in corners of thinking about alliances, treaties, and traditions which had …