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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.

July 7, 2020

EU Strategic Autonomy: Opening Up?

As the idea of “strategic autonomy” (de jure sovereignty) has migrated within the European Union from the foreign and defense policy realm to economics and trade it has picked up …

Reset

The Franco-German Motor Revs Up

At a joint videoconference on May 18, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron proposed a €500 billion Recovery Fund to help EU member states rebound from the …

The Franco-German Motor Turns 70

“World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.” That is the first sentence of the Schuman Declaration, which 70 years …

After the Coronavirus: A More Digital and Greener Transatlantic Economy?

As Austria, where the coronavirus curve appears to be flattening, and other parts of the European Union cautiously reopen for business, it may not be premature to draw some initial …

From CARE Packages to Coronabonds: Will the EU Step Up?

The third coronavirus rescue package agreed last week by the U.S. Congress has a name that echoes: the CARES Act. Short for “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security,” it recalls …

Traveling in the Wrong Direction with the EU

The French have an expression that comes to mind when considering President Trump’s decision yesterday to combat the coronavirus by suspending entry into the United States for citizens of the …

The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown of EU “Technological Sovereignty”

Shortly before taking the helm of the European Commission in November 2019,  Ursula von der Leyen announced that under her presidency the institution would carry a “geopolitical” brand. By integrating …

Rethinking U.S.-EU Trade: From FTA to SEA

Phil Hogan, the new European Commissioner for Trade, is traveling to Washington this week to seek a “reset of the EU/US trade relationship,” which has been under strain. President Trump called …

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.” …

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 …

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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.