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Pipe Dream? The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is in danger of being derail

The proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline project has bitterly pitted European states that back the project, including Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and France, against project opponents, including Ukraine, Poland, and …

Transportation Gets Tricky for Germany

From April 23 to May 8, German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is expected to close an important stretch of track between Hanover and Kassel for construction work. This closure will …

German Auto Industry Faces Obstacles Concerning Emissions, Steel

The German automobile industry has been facing significant obstacles since last September, when Volkswagen (VW) admitted to cheating on U.S. admissions tests by installing software that would deceive regulators in …

Bypass Operation

On 18 June, during the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an agreement was signed to build a controversial new “Nord Stream 2” pipeline under the Baltic Sea that would …

German Energy Security, Raw Materials Supply, and Shifting Geopolitical Impacts

Germany, one of the largest energy consumers in the world, is a peculiar case when it comes to energy security and raw material supply. While the country actually has a …

Containing Gazprom

Since Russia first invaded Ukraine last year, Putin has boasted of his ability to exploit natural gas dependency to undermine European solidarity. Indeed, though the continent as a whole relies …

New Policy Priorities for the Transatlantic Partnership

More than twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the United States and Germany remain close political and economic allies. However, personal ties between the two allies have …

The EU-U.S. “Oil Weapon”

Figure 1: Presidents Rouhani of Iran and Putin of Russia holding discussions  Since Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, decided to annex Crimea and back east Ukrainian separatists with troops, many have …

Transparency in the Extractive Industries

Prof. Dr. Raimund Bleischwitz, a DAAD/AICGS research fellow in May and June 2013, has recently published a paper in the journal Global Environmental Politics, building on his research conducted while …

Eliminating Greenhouse Gases…One Car at a Time

In response to the increase in car congestion and global warming, many countries have been trying to reduce car usage in various ways. In February 2003, London introduced a toll …

Energiewende Fail?

In response to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the more recent 2011 catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan, Germany announced in 2011 that it would move quickly into using more renewable …

Barreling Toward a Negative Sum Game

The situation in Ukraine is moving very quickly. Russia will annex Crimea. My sense is that they want to move forward and take much of eastern Ukraine, which would land …