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The Wider Atlantic

Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish takes a wide-angle look at the United States, Germany, and the European Union from a national interest perspective.

December 5, 2019

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.” …

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Will He, Or Won’t He?

The biggest guessing game right now in transatlantic relations is whether President Trump will impose 25 percent tariffs on cars and car parts by November 13. That’s the deadline set …

Austria’s Vote: An EU Trend with an Alpine Twist

Austria’s parliamentary election on September 29 has mirrored one key result of the vote for a new European Parliament held in May of this year: the rise of unconventional center …

Cooler Climes, Cooler Heads: The Bretton Woods Conference at 75

As the nation’s capital swelters in an atmosphere that seems to confirm President Kennedy’s quip that “Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm,” it might be restorative to look both …

At the G20 Summit, a Shift from Trade to Digital

Sometimes the best way to make progress is to change the conversation. This idea seems to have been at the heart of Japan’s approach to the Osaka G20 summit it …

Is a World of Three Trading Blocs Really Inevitable?

There is growing speculation about the global economic future being shaped by closed trading blocs. The most commonly mooted outcome is a world centered around the three poles of the …

Is “Economic Security” a Thing?

Late last week Russia won a case against Ukraine in the World Trade Organization that centered on whether Moscow had the right to invoke national security to limit Ukrainian rail transit through …

USTR Reveals Its Hand on U.S.-EU Trade

At his meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in July of last year announcing the launch of U.S.-EU trade talks, President Trump called it a “very big day for …

Welcome to The Wider Atlantic

The Wider Atlantic blog examines the United States, Germany, and the European Union from a national interest perspective. It takes a wide-angle look at the policies, agreements, and institutions that …

A G20 Reality Check Eases Global Trade Tensions

Less is more, said the German Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. That may be the inspiration behind the fewer than 100 words the G20 leaders devoted to trade …

On Capitol Hill, Transatlantic Trade Returns to Its Roots

Once, when I was trying to explain to a German acquaintance the personalities and geography of U.S. trade politics, I casually mentioned that despite skepticism toward trade among many Democrats, …

After NAFTA: What the USMCA Means for Germany and Europe

October 1 saw the birth of the “United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement” that will replace NAFTA, the 25-year old accord that governed trade among the three North American countries. While the EU …

For Now, the White House Sees Trade with the EU as Win-Win

The transatlantic trade truce announced by President Trump and EU Commission President Juncker after their meeting in the White House yesterday is significant for two reasons. First, the U.S. president …

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Peter S. Rashish

Senior Fellow; Director, Geoeconomics Program

The Wider Atlantic

The Wider Atlantic blog examines the United States, Germany, and the European Union from a national interest perspective. It takes a wide-angle look at the policies, agreements, and institutions that define the transatlantic relationship and shape the global context in which it operates. While focusing mostly on the “what” of policy, it is also on the lookout for the “how” – the narratives that can advance common U.S.-European interests in an unruly world.

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