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

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. …

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The U.S.-EU Summit Resets the Narrative on Trade

Yesterday’s U.S.-EU Summit in Brussels was remarkable simply for taking place, as it was the first since 2014. But even more striking was the way U.S. President Joe Biden characterized …

As the U.S. Economy Gains Steam, the Trade Deficit Debate Could Return

During the Biden administration’s first 100 days, a milestone that will be reached on May 1, trade policy has so far not played the central role it did under the …

USTR’s Promising Start for Transatlantic Economic Relations

On Monday, the Biden administration released the 2021 Trade Policy Agenda and 2020 Annual Report, an annual event that the 1974 U.S. trade act requires take place by March 1. …

The EU’s Trade Policy Review: Conflicting Signals for Transatlantic Strategy?

The European Commission released its long-awaited Trade Policy Review (TPR) this week, placing it under the banner of “An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy.” Perhaps because of the manifold …

After the Capitol Siege: Politics First, Then Economics

One of the signature lines in Bertolt Brecht’s Three Penny Opera, a product of social ferment in 1920s Berlin, is “Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral.” One implication …

Acting Digitally: The EU Rewrites Its Internet Rules

Last week the European Commission put forward two sweeping proposals to overhaul the European Union’s rules governing the behavior of large Internet companies: the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the …

Equity at Home and Security Abroad: Transatlantic Economic Cooperation after January 20

For a short period in the mid-1950s, the modernizing politician Pierre Mendès France served as France’s Prime Minister. During his mere nine months in office, PMF, as he was known, …

Biden as President: More Like FDR or More Like JFK?

Whether President-elect Joe Biden will be able to bring about a New Deal-style transformation of the U.S. economy in the mold of Franklin D. Roosevelt depends on the outcome of …

Would a Biden Win Make the U.S. More Like Germany?

The polling averages from the political forecasters at fivethirtyeight.com have Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by 52.5 percent to 41.7 percent. In the three Midwestern swing states that were responsible for …

The U.S.-EU Tariff Deal: Refreshing, but Bland

As part of an effort to resolve a dispute about lobster exports, the United States and the European Union agreed last Friday to reduce tariffs on approximately $270 million of …

Trump Bobbles the G7 Summit

The Group of Seven, or G7, can seem like a creature of the late twentieth century, with its rich-country, Europe-heavy membership. China and Russia are absent, but so are democracies …

After the EU Summit: Without the UK, A Single Economic Future?

The European Union’s €750 billion “Next Generation EU” pandemic recovery fund announced at the EU summit on Tuesday has broken important new ground. Assuming the European Parliament gives its approval …

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.