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Challenges for Transatlantic Economic Cooperation in a Trump Administration

Although stock markets have demonstrated an initial positive reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the new administration’s inward-looking economic policy agenda with the motto “America First” has also …

Inclusive Workforce Education: Opportunities for International Economic Cooperation with the New U.S. Administration

After the protectionist rhetoric of the Trump campaign and discord between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the rest of the G20 finance ministers on free trade in March, the outlook …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Far-Right Politics in Europe

Coming to grips with the proliferation of populist movements in Europe is not a new preoccupation. Right-wing and left-wing protest parties have long been part of the political landscape. Until …

The Battle for the Bundestag Begins Now 

After a state election in Germany, the Social Democrats (SPD) lost—again; the Christian Democrats (CDU) won—again; and a strong showing by the liberal FDP has created a chance to rebuild …

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The French Presidential Elections and Europe

From the perspective of European Integration, the French presidential election is a reload of Sergio Leone’s 1960s blockbuster movie “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” In the runoff, Emmanuel …

The Rise of Populist Movements in the United States and Europe: Joint Challenge, Joint Answers Needed

The largest political challenge facing Europe and the United States at the moment is also the largest challenge currently facing the transatlantic relationship. Populist movements put the very core of …

Clear Horizons, or Choppy Waters? Navigating to September 24

“Clear horizon, strong heart,” or, as they say in Schleswig-Holstein, “Klaar Kimming, Rüm Haart.” The slogan frequently seen on flags flying over the North Sea islands might as well be flying …

Pragmatic France Elects a Reformer

There is an old story about the serious French thinker who, when presented with a common-sense solution to a problem, will find fault by retorting that the idea “works in …

Germany’s Priority Is Keeping the European Union Together: This Is Fundamentally in the U.S.’ Interest

In a widely-read interview with the German daily tabloid Bild just days before his inauguration, Donald Trump called the British decision to leave the EU “smart,” and predicted that other …

100 Days of Donald Trump: This Man Has a Very Unique Style

In an interview with Deutschlandfunk Kultur‘s Ute Welty, AICGS President Jack Janes weighs in on Trump’s first 100 days and what it suggests for transatlantic relations going forward. Listen to the …

Closing the Skills Gap: The Importance of Educating a Diverse Workforce

Anticipated demographic changes in the United States suggest that many communities—and their workforces—will be increasingly minority-based, with Hispanic population growth outpacing other minority groups. Young minorities across the country will …

Working toward Being an Inclusive, Welcoming Home for Immigrants and Their Families

I recently visited Charlotte, North Carolina with a small group convened by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). The purpose of the trip was to examine how Charlotte, …