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Germany’s Budget Surplus: Is Too Much of a Good Thing a Bad Thing?

Many who are familiar with Germany and German culture know that saving money and only spending money that one has is a very German trait. Only 36 percent of Germans …

U.S. Trade Policy: Clearing the Brush – or Pulling up Stakes?

The Trump administration has been in office for a little over a year now, and it is becoming clear there are two ways to view its approach to trade policy. …

Trusting Each Other

Both sides of the Atlantic are faced with the challenge of digitalization. Digitalization is expected to be highly beneficial by spurring innovation, efficiency, and productivity growth. Yet, it is also …

Looking at Transatlantic Relations from the American-German Situation Room

I spent four weeks from late August to late September 2017 in the American-German Situation Room (AGSR), working to find out what direction the Trump administration’s trade policies would take …

Reforming the Eurozone: A Transatlantic Perspective

Over the last decade, the state of the Eurozone has become a serious concern in the transatlantic relationship. At the outset of the European sovereign debt crisis, the United States …

A Trumpian Turn in EU Trade Politics and the Silence of Germany

On December 5, 2017, the European institutions—Commission, Council, and Parliament—reached political agreement on reforming the EU’s trade defense instruments. This “modernization” of anti-dumping legislation is, in fact, an attempt to …

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Building New Transatlantic Bridges on Climate Change

President Trump’s announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the UN Paris Climate Agreement caused many European policymakers and experts to shift their focus on deepening the subnational transatlantic energy and …

Notizen Weekly for December 8

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Tax rivalry: For Europe, more pros than cons from Trump’s bill (Handelsblatt) Europe’s banks are stronger than …

Investment Screening: Europe between China and the U.S.

In recent years, there have been rising political and public concerns about foreign investment in industrialized countries around the world, questioning whether their respective existing screening mechanisms are sufficient. In …

The G20 Trifecta

Germany – Argentina – Japan: Not a list of three regional soccer powerhouses, but rather the troika of past, current, and future presidency countries of the G20. On December 1, …

Notizen Weekly for December 1

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics US rejects China’s bid for ‘market economy’ status (Wall Street Journal) Euro zone reform: Weak or not, …

German Economic Leadership in Europe: More Uncertain and More Needed

The instability produced by the failure to form a so-called “Jamaica” coalition in Germany increases the importance of moving from reliance on de facto German leadership of the Eurozone to …