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Napolitano’s Plan

At age 87, the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, is getting ready to guide Italian politics out of the deep hole it has sunk into. He will need to gather …

Political Strategies for a Globalized World

This in-depth case study from Andreas Seeringer, Former AICGS Fellow and current Consultant at TDAlliance, examines the strategies undertaken by multinational enterprises in an increasingly globalized world. These organizations must …

Government – Italian Style

While there is nothing better than watching Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni explain marriage Italian style, watching government styles is a bit more challenging. A recent editorial in The Washington …

Italy’s Electoral Chaos

The Italian elections have  resulted in gridlock. With polls increasingly painting a picture of utter confusion, and no obvious majority, Italian commentators displayed growing incredulity.  Many international observers are already …

Germany’s Power Position

In this recent Financial Times piece, Ulrich Speck, Publicist for Global Europe and former AICGS Fellow, argues that Germany must finally decide the level of power is wishes to exert …

Italian Election Scenarios

“If Italians want to vote for Silvio Berlusconi, the problem is not Berlusconi, it’s Italians.” Those few words uttered by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti during a radio interview just …

The State of the Union: Beyond Free Trade

Forging a transatlantic free trade agreement is an ambitious but elusive goal. The record of past trade talks is littered with disputes. Just recently, Europeans and Americans managed to fight …

Obama’s Overtures

The President of the United States is required to issue an annual report to the Congress on the current state of the union—so demands the U.S. Constitution. But for many …

Agenda 2010 Revisited

Ten years after its birth, Agenda 2010, the series of structural reforms announced and implemented by then German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, has become the symbol for Germany’s “Jobwunder” (jobs miracle). …

He’s Done it Again

He’s done it again. Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, has worked his magic and achieved exactly what he set out to do. This time, he talked …

Merkel’s Current Headaches

If Chancellor Angela Merkel could decide who should run Italy and Spain, she would have little doubt about whom to choose: Mario Monti and Mariano Rajoy, the current prime ministers …

Widening the Lens of Transatlantic Relations

Vice President Joe Biden came to Germany last weekend to proclaim what the majority of the attendees of the Munich Security Conference wanted to hear–that the U.S. and Europe are …