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The EU/China Trade War and German National Interest

In an interview with Spiegel on Monday, Angela Merkel discussed Germany’s role in light of the crisis and the path for future growth and cooperation in Europe. The talk covered …

Avoiding Regulatory Arbitrage in times of TTIP – Challenges for Supervision in International Finance

The views expressed in this essay are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect those of AICGS or any other affiliated organizations. Introduction In mid-June 2013, the …

Draghi’s Holding Pattern

While central banks in the U.S. and Japan are struggling with the consequences of their non-conventional policies, President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi proudly promotes his institution’s more …

German Bashing and a French-German Art Controversy

German bashing is in. Commentators in Germany insist that it is used throughout Europe, especially in southern European countries, to divert attention from homegrown financial blunders. In fact, Germany is …

Bernanke’s Slide

The global financial markets’ slide on Thursday was a stark reminder of the fact that investors remain addicted to cheap money from central banks. It only took U.S. Federal Reserve …

The Trust Trifecta

Engraved on the U.S. dollar bill are the words “in God we trust.” The sarcastic extension of that phrase says “all others pay cash.” It seems that forces rampant in …

Schaeuble’s Interim Banking Union

In a recent article for the Financial Times, Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble finally explained to an international audience why he thinks treaty changes are necessary in order to provide …

Resetting Transatlantic Trade Negotiations

By DAAD/AICGS Fellow Tilman Krueger Underlying past failures to agree on transatlantic trade liberalization are strong vested interests in the U.S. and in the EU—issues that have not vanished over …

Selling the German Model

In my recent piece from the Financial Times (paid content), I argue that the German economic model being sold so aggressively throughout the euro zone may not be the most effective …

Lessons from Cyprus for the ECB

Days after agreeing to a punitive bailout, the citizens of Cyprus are getting ready to witness the end of a flawed business model. Successfully preventing a sovereign default and euro …

Croatia on the Verge of Joining the European Union: Outlook after the release of the latest EU monitoring report

On March 26th, the European Commission released its last monitoring report on Croatia, which concludes that the country is ready to join the EU in July 2013. This will, in …

Leadership and Responsibilities: Changing Parameters in German-American Relations

In 1989—on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany—President George Herbert Walker Bush asked Germany to be a partner in leadership with the United States. …