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The Beijing–Berlin Connection

It is peak tourist season in China for European leaders. Shortly after the first bailout package to Greece in 2010, German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated her 56th birthday with Xi’an’s …

Eyeing Business Opportunities in Iran: Germany Caught between China and the U.S.

Days after the announcement of the historic nuclear deal with Iran, German Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel found himself in Tehran, with a delegation …

Post-Soviet Apprenticeship

After the hustle and bustle of the capital city, our train passed through the countryside. Small family farms with goats abutted a busy railway. Our destination also lay in between …

Labor Mobility

How mobile are workers in the euro currency area? Everyone directly or indirectly involved in devising, designing, and implementing the single European currency had to deal with this question in …

Germany’s Economic Renaissance, Jack Ewing

How did Germany do it? How did it steer through the economic storms of the last several years and come out stronger than before? What is the secret of a …

Labor Relations in the U .S. and Germany

The recent vote by workers in a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to decline representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW) highlights the differences in labor policies between the …

Transplant Rejection

Transferring institutions across borders is a perilous undertaking. Germans should know this better than most. The wholesale transfer from east to west of the Federal Republic’s institutions was a painful …

Aid for the Unemployed? How to Really Make the United States Competitive

“I don’t want the next big job-creating discovery and research and technology to be in Germany or China or Japan. I want it to be right here in the United …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Holding the Shop Together

We have recently added a new valuable study to our bookshelf: Holding the Shop Together (Cornell University Press, 2013) is a study on German industrial relations in the postwar era …

Waiting for German Domestic-led Growth

Criticism of German domestic economic policy has reached unprecedented intensity in recent weeks.  The United States Department of Treasury and the European Commission have both called out Germany for its …

Attempt at a “Youth Guarantee”

Improving youth unemployment has always been a priority for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration. On July 3, 2013, the Chancellor called a summit with 18 fellow European leaders and 28 …

The U.S. Could Learn from Germany’s High-Tech Manufacturing

In this featured article from Scientific American, Stefan Theil, Newsweek’s Berlin Bureau Chief and regular AICGS contributor, examines how Germany is able to maintain a strong manufacturing sector, and thus a relatively strong …