Politics & Elections


Merkel’s Troubles May Spell Trouble for All of Europe

Featuring Jack Janes via The New York Times on November 21, 2017.

Risky Bets in Berlin 

Germans are known for wanting order around them—it’s understandable, given past centuries of disorder. But since its inception in 1949, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany has been …

Is Berlin Becoming Weimar?

The collapse of the talks to form a new German government following the election of seven parties (counting the Bavarian CSU as a party separate from the CDU) to the …

Merkel favors snap election

Featuring Jack Janes via Handelsblatt Global on November 20, 2017.

Merkel’s fourth term in doubt after German coalition talks collapse

Featuring Jack Janes via CNBC on November 19, 2017.

Notizen Weekly for November 10

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics “We’re engaged”: Alaska gets Chinese backing for natural gas project (Reuters) A proposal for the Eurozone: Franco-German …

1 Jahr Trump: Wie lange noch?

Featuring Jack Janes via BILD on November 9, 2017.

Notizen Weekly for November 3

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics The limits of Russian sanctions (Handelsblatt) Visegrad cools on Europe and each other (Politico) The Bitcoin bubble …

Understanding Russia

For most of the past 70 years, Germans and Americans have found themselves largely on the same side of issues related to Eastern Europe and Russia.  During the Cold War …

Who Belongs to the “We”? Ideas for a Jamaica Coalition

Scroll down to read the full commentary in German. As something of an exotic combination, a Jamaica coalition (CDU-CSU-FDP-Greens) could have the potential to staunch the chorus of outrage coming …

Europe’s Illusions

Although for more than 70 years common values were invoked to keep the transatlantic partnership together, now is the time to assert shared U.S.-German interests.

America’s Four Economic Families

The United States may have two major political parties, but it is becoming clear that it has four economic families: Small government + free trade = Mainstream Republicans Small government …