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From CARE Packages to Coronabonds: Will the EU Step Up?

The third coronavirus rescue package agreed last week by the U.S. Congress has a name that echoes: the CARES Act. Short for “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security,” it recalls …

Merkel Addresses German Public on Coronavirus: Will Her Efforts to Steel Domestic Solidarity Pave the Way for Ambitious German Actions?

Chancellor Merkel spoke directly to the German public in prime time on March 18, the first time she has delivered such an emergency address during her fourteen-plus years as chancellor. …

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 Good, the Bad, and the Unknown of EU “Technological Sovereignty”

Shortly before taking the helm of the European Commission in November 2019,  Ursula von der Leyen announced that under her presidency the institution would carry a “geopolitical” brand. By integrating …

Peter Rashish on U.S.-EU Trade ahead of EU Trade Commissioner’s Visit to Washington

Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow and Director of the AICGS Geoeconomics Program, spoke recently with Politico’s Doug Palmer ahead of the EU Trade Commissioner’s visit to Washington: “Despite the challenges of …

Rethinking U.S.-EU Trade: From FTA to SEA

Phil Hogan, the new European Commissioner for Trade, is traveling to Washington this week to seek a “reset of the EU/US trade relationship,” which has been under strain. President Trump called …

How “Geopolitical” Can the New European Commission Become?

The new European Commission that took office in Brussels on December 1 has been heralded by its President, former German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen, as a “Geopolitical Commission.” …

Tobias Gehrke, Visiting Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Tobias Gehrke as a Marie Curie Fellow at AICGS in December 2019 – January 2020. He is a Research Fellow at the Egmont: Royal Institute for …

Episode 15: A European China Strategy

In this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke talks with Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the EP’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s …

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 …

Has Merkel Undermined European Coherence on 5G Network Security?

On October 15, the German government published its long-awaited draft 5G security catalogue, confirming its earlier goal to create a level playing field for suppliers to next-generation networks in Germany. …

Merkel’s Subdued Visit to China A Success?

According to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Angela Merkel’s visit to China last week was a resounding success. The ministry’s spokesperson lauded the bilateral commitment on multilateralism and free trade, …

U.S. pins hopes on new European leader to rescue trade talks

Peter Rashish, director of the geoeconomics program at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, cautioned against viewing the U.S.-EU trade talks as “a case of French interest in protecting …

Sitting in a Schleudersitz 

If Ursula von der Leyen and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer soon meet for a drink to discuss their respective new job prospects, one wonders which woman thinks she faces the greater challenge. …