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Trying to Keep the Germans Close on EU Competences is Risky for Britain.

As German politicians discuss competences within the EU, the British media have characterized this as a positive response to London’s call to renegotiate the relationship between member states and the …

The Trust Trifecta

Engraved on the U.S. dollar bill are the words “in God we trust.” The sarcastic extension of that phrase says “all others pay cash.” It seems that forces rampant in …

NATO Enlargement Policy

In this recently published report from the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, Dr. Patrick Keller, Coordinator for Foreign and Security Policy at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and AICGS participant, explores the debates surrounding …

Croatia on the Verge of Joining the European Union: Outlook after the release of the latest EU monitoring report

On March 26th, the European Commission released its last monitoring report on Croatia, which concludes that the country is ready to join the EU in July 2013. This will, in …

Mission Impossible? David Cameron’s Vision of Britain in the European Union

Simon Green is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe at Aston University in the UK. This article first appeared on CNN.com on 23 January 2013 …

The Franco-German Elysée Treaty at Fifty: A Model for Others?

The fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 Elysée Treaty provides occasion for reflection on the larger meaning of this landmark for Franco-German relations, but also raises the question of whether its …

Scenarios for the Future of the EU: Disintegrating, Diffident or Decisive?

Three Scenarios As the U.S. recalibrates its relationship with the EU in the second Obama administration, it behooves observers to contemplate different trajectories for the EU’s future. The three possible …

Plotting Parameters of Partnership: Turkey, Germany and Europe.

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened a new Embassy in Berlin this week and used that platform to assert not only Germany’s importance for Turkey, but also to …

A Commemoration for Helmut Kohl

October 1 marks the 30th anniversary of Helmut Kohl’s 16 year tenure as Chancellor of Germany. The first half of that tenure saw Kohl as Chancellor of a divided Germany. …

ISNA Annual Conference: One Nation Under God: Striving for the Common Good

As part of the Institute’s effort to spark a dialogue among the American and German Muslim communities, AICGS was pleased to sponsor a German participant at the Islamic Society of …

More Europe

Angela Merkel wants more Europe.  Despite the widespread skepticism among Germans about many of their European partners and their ability to measure up to German standards of fiscal responsibility, the …

Of Cakes and Their Consumption – Reflections on the UK’s Position within the EU

UK Prime Minister David Cameron may be in for a not so warm welcome in his visit to Berlin this week. According to his essay “Of Cakes and their Consumption – Reflections on the UK’s Position within the EU,” Dr. Simon Green, Professor of Politics at Aston University, UK, and a frequent contributor to the AICGS Advisor, argues that EU member states are becoming increasingly frustrated with the UK’s approach toward the Union. What is said this weekend between Prime Minister Cameron and Chancellor Merkel could signal whether the UK is already being pushed to the periphery of the EU.