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Will France Lead the EU to More “Autonomy”?

To mark the start of France’s six-month presidency of the European Union, President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen honored two French citizens at a January …

Germany’s China Policy Moves Past Merkel

As Germany’s Merkel era ended, her brand of engagement-driven China policy seems also to have been consigned to history. The writing was already on the wall after the China-EU Comprehensive …

Germany Emerges from Economic Realpolitik

The 178-page coalition agreement announced last week by Germany’s next government comprised of the Social Democrats (SPD), Greens, and Free Democrats (FDP) and called “Alliance for Freedom, Justice, and Sustainability” …

Episode 46: Transatlantic Trade Policy for the Future: Climate, WTO, and China

Trade is one of the most important elements in the transatlantic relationship, and the values of open and fair competition have underpinned efforts by the United States and the European …

One Year after U.S. Elections: What Is the Status of the Transatlantic Trade Relationship?

Honeymoon Is Over, But Both Sides Committed to Make It Work One year ago, all of us in Europe were eagerly waiting for the results of the U.S. elections. The …

The Trade-Climate Nexus and the Future of the Global Trading System

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, both in November 2021, Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish authored a report for the Konrad …

Peter Rashish Interviewed on Transatlantic Relations by German Engineering Association VDMA

In an interview with the VDMA, Germany’s mechanical engineering association, Geoeconomics Director Peter Rashish discusses the Biden administration’s approach to transatlantic economic relations, including the role of values in U.S. …

Episode 44: Climate Policy and International Economic and Financial Cooperation

Climate policy has become a major issue in German domestic politics and was a key topic for the recent German federal election. All major political parties in Germany included climate …

Nudging Germany toward a More Strategic Economic Role

The Social Democrats have come out on top in yesterday’s German election and are likely to lead the next government. But despite their losses, the Christian Democrats may still have …

Trade and Climate: A Looming Transatlantic Face-Off?

The idea that trade policies should be put to work on behalf of climate goals is gaining increasing currency. In a striking case of serendipity, the European Union and the …

Peter Rashish Interviewed on Chancellor Merkel’s Washington, DC, Visit

Ahead of the meeting between the U.S. and German leaders, Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish spoke with  the Italian news site Formiche.net. In the interview, “Biden’s Bet on Merkel and …

After Merkel’s Steady Hand, A More European and Strategically-Minded Germany?

On July 15, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with President Joe Biden in the White House, the first European leader to visit him since he took office in January. …

American Spending Spree—Echoes from the Past and Lessons for the Future

Negotiations are ongoing in Congress on the American Jobs Plan and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act. The former is a $2 trillion infrastructure spending bill originally proposed in March …

AICGS-KAS Transatlantic Trade Week

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung collaborated on a series of online events examining three areas for U.S.-EU trade policy cooperation. These …