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Hear From the Candidates: Stefan Liebich

Stefan Liebich is a member of The Left Party and candidate in the federal elections. He is deputy chairman of the German–U.S. Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Bundestag. Q: What do you envision for Germany in the next decade and what goals are you or your party setting? The most important ...

Transatlantic Explainer: EU–U.S. Privacy Shield

The annual review of the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield — the key mechanism for the transfer of personal data between the United States and Europe — begins today. The review will assess implementation of the Privacy Shield framework and U.S. privacy protections and associated laws. It will also be a ...

In Germany, Immigrants Are Becoming a Serious Political Force

BERLIN – As Germans head to the polls on Sept. 24, nearly 6 million eligible voters, or 10 percent of all eligible voters, are themselves immigrants or the children of migrants — a number that is sure to grow in years to come. In contrast with their counterparts in the United States or Britain, ...

When People Elect a Strongman to Rule

In June 1989, a young Viktor Orban called for free elections and the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Hungary. As a three-time prime minister and a Marshall Memorial Fellow, Orban played a key role in his country's transition to a liberal democracy and free market economy only to make a political ...

Hear From the Candidates: Stefan Lieblich

Stefan Liebich is a member of The Left Party and candidate in the federal elections. He is deputy chairman of the German–U.S. Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Bundestag. Q: What do you envision for Germany in the next decade and what goals are you or your party setting? The most important ...

City Buyer Beware: Not Even Amazon Is a Sure Bet

It's rosy at best to presume that the next 20 years will be as kind to Amazon as the last 20. Local taxpayers shouldn't bear the risk of the corporation's financial future. Amazon's announcement of HQ2, a second headquarters, is about to set off an incentive arms race among state and local officials ...

Germany's Election and What it Means for Europe

For a tantalizing two months in the spring, it looked as if Germany might actually have something like a real election this year—that is, a contest between at least two candidates with distinct policy programs that both have a chance of forming a government. Chancellor Angela Merkel had already ...

German Elections: Party Views on Security and Defense

Even outside of Chancellor Merkel's famed beer tent speech,' where she first asserted that Europe needs for more defense auton­omy, European defense policy had made its way back onto the European agenda. On average, Germans are more open to EU defense in­tegration than other EU member states, with ...

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Views from along the Silk Road

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has been billed as the flagship project' of the Belt and Road Initiative , constituting the most expansive package of Chinese investments to be set in motion under its auspices to date. The headline numbers cited by the Pakistani government—$46 billion ...

When it Comes to China, it is Important for India to Pick its Fights Carefully

Andrew Small, a prominent expert on China and its relations with Pakistan, the U.S. and the European Union, has a nuanced and deliberate take on developments inside the Middle Kingdom and its compulsions outside. A senior fellow with the German Marshall Fund, Small wrote what is arguably the first ...

After CPEC Tilted Priorities, China is Now Happy With a Second-Tier Role in Afghanistan

China didn't find mention in President Donald Trump's speech on Afghanistan, but Beijing will be happy to be out of the spotlight. From hoping that it could play a major role in solving Afghanistan's challenges, Beijing is now more comfortable slipping back into a second-tier role rather than taking ...

Trump Beware: Pakistan's Luck Playing China Card is Turning

At the lowest ebb of the last annus horribilis for U.S.-Pakistan ties in 2011, soon after the special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan brandished the China card: if relations with Washington were going into a tailspin, Islamabad would turn to Beijing instead. They were ...

Hear From the Candidates: Jens Spahn

Jens Spahn is a candidate in the federal elections from the Christian Democratic Union and currently the State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Finance. Q: What do you envision for Germany in the next decade and what goals are you setting for the next four years? Germany is doing better ...

Turkey and United States in Syria: Allies, Frenemies, or Worse?

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Defense / Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro President Trump outlined Cold War-era bilateral relations between the United States and Turkey after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan at the White House in May. Trump's remarks are a ...

GMF's Ivan Vejvoda Testifies on Corruption and Democracy

GMF's Senior Vice President of Programs, Ivan Vejvoda, testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats on the danger of corruption to democracy in Europe and Eurasia. Vejvoda outlined the threat of corruption throughout Eastern, South ...

GMF's Jim Kolbe Testifies in Front of Senate Foreign Relations Committee on International Development and Private Sector Engagement

Jim Kolbe, Senior Transatlantic Fellow at GMF, spoke on a panel in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the role of the private sector in international development. Kolbe's testimony outlined the significant opportunities for the U.S. government and the private sector to work together ...

German Elections: Mapping Economic Policy Preferences

While Germany's economy is currently booming, the same cannot be said of Europe as a whole. The current electoral campaigns in Germany showcases how this situation can lead to a bifurcation of electoral strategies. While both governing parties, Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats and Martin Schulz's ...

Looking Ahead to the German Elections

Transatlantic Take Americans only have eyes for Angela Merkel. When we look across the Atlantic at the German election, we cannot imagine that anyone other than Merkel could lead Europe's most powerful economy. Merkel has become the indispensable European.   Merkel looks poised to glide to victory ...

Arctic Change and Other Challenges for Tomorrow's Leaders

ROVANIEMI, Finland – In a world of seemingly endless crises and tumultuous times, what are the most important challenges that today's emerging leaders will face in their professional lives? That's what we sought to determine in a scenario exercise that took place as part of a workshop on Arctic ...

Will Germany's Angela Merkel Win a Fourth Term?

Senior Transatlantic Fellow Joerg Forbrig speaks with Jane Dutton of Al Jazeera on the lead up to Germany's federal election, including current polling in favor of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the impact of her most controversial policies on votes.  Featured image: Photo Credit: 360b / ...

Hear From the Candidates: Dagmar Freitag

Dagmar Freitag is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany and the chairwoman of the German–U.S. Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Bundestag. She is the SPD's top candidate in the federal elections to elect members of the 19th Bundestag. Q: What do you envision for Germany in the ...

Die Methodologie des Artikel 38 Dashboards

The Artikel 38 Dashboard, hosted by the Alliance for Securing Democracy, monitors Russian influence operations on Twitter that target German-language audiences. The following document explains exactly what the dashboard shows and the methodology used to construct it. READ THIS IN ENGLISH HERE ...

Methodology of the Artikel 38 Dashboard

The Artikel 38 Dashboard, hosted by the Alliance for Securing Democracy, monitors Russian influence operations on Twitter that target German-language audiences. The following document explains exactly what the dashboard shows and the methodology used to construct it. READ THIS IN GERMAN HERE ...

Hear From the Candidates: Dagmar Freitag

Dagmar Freitag is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany and the chairwoman of the German–U.S. Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Bundestag. She is the SPD's top candidate in the federal elections to elect members of the 19th Bundestag. What do you envision for Germany in the next ...

Merkel and Schulz Are Making a Major Strategic Mistake

Photo Credit: Orlok / Shutterstock In a televised debate last week ahead of the national elections in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz — leaders of the Christian Democratic Union and Social Democratic Party of Germany , respectively — stated that Turkey could not and should ...

Coalition Building in a Post-Western World: Three Challenges

Multilateralism has always been about coalition building and finding compromises among states. Yet, for the past two and a half decades, the West has had a relatively easy play in this — thanks to the United States. Its unrivalled military, economic, and soft power provided the West with ...

Hear From the Candidates: Cem Ă–zdemir, Alliance 90/The Greens

Cem Ă–zdemir is a member of the Alliance 90/The Greens in Germany. He is The Green Party's chairman and top candidate in the federal elections to elect members of the 19th Bundestag. Q: What do you envision for Germany in the next decade and what goals are you setting for the next four years? Cem ...

Hear From Candidates in the German Federal Elections

Photo Credit: Sergey Kamshylin / Shutterstock On September 24th, over 60 million Germans are called upon to decide the new composition of their government. Up to six parties have considerable chances to enter the Bundestag, the German Parliament, and coalition-building processes may prove very ...

Americans Only Have Eyes for Angela Merkel

When Americans look across the Atlantic at the German election, it is impossible to imagine that anyone other than Merkel could lead Europe's most powerful economy. Elected in 2005, she has outlasted, by far, her principal transatlantic counterparts — she is on her fourth British and French, and ...

Western Anxiety Over Zapad 2017 — Justified or Not?

Transatlantic TakeBERLIN — Next week, Russia will launch a large-scale military exercise. Titled Zapad , these war games take place every four years. They typically assume a NATO attack on Russia's ally Belarus, and they train the militaries of both countries to repel such an attack. The core ...

Rex Tillerson Needs a Reset

For the past seven months, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has submissively accepted the role of a second-tier cabinet official complicit in making his department a second-tier agency, embracing a 27 percent budget cut and leaving vacant dozens of vital positions. From climate change to Cuba, he ...

German Elections: After the Debates

Last Sunday's TV debate between the incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Conservatives and her social-democratic challenger Martin Schulz increased the chances for a continuation of the grand coalition or a so-called Jamaica-coalition . In polls taken right after the debate, Merkel did better ...

Ten Things to Watch in the German Elections

In another key European election this year, Germans will go to the polls in September. After a slow start, campaigning finally picked up this week with two televised debates among the key contenders. One of these pitted conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel against her main rival, Social Democrat ...

The Cost of a German Breakup With Turkey

Lately, it seems that every week Germany's ties with Turkey hit another low point, and there are few signs of this trend reversing any time soon. Under the current circumstances, it might be tempting for some German politicians to steer toward a complete breakdown in Turkish relations. But ...

The Need for an Enduring International Strategy and Effort in Afghanistan

My first visit to Kabul was November 20, 2001, a week after the Taliban had fled the capital.  We landed in Bagram, since the Kabul airport had been bombed. We were required by the U.S. military to land after sunrise and fly out before sunset on the same day. This left a tight window for our ...

Congress Can Help Prevent Election Hacking

Protecting our voting systems should be an easy bipartisan win. American voters received yet another rude awakening last month. Chicago's Board of Elections reported that names, addresses, birth dates and other sensitive information about the city's 1.8 million registered voters had been exposed on ...

Feminization of Defense

Four of Europe's five female defense ministers met in Paris with French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on July 13, 2017, joined by EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini. The group consists of Roberta Pinotti of Italy, Ursula von der Leyen of Germany, MarĂ­a Dolores de Cospedal of Spain, ...

An Old Country Goes to the Polls

On September 24, 61.5 million Germans will be entitled to vote. More than a third of the electorate will be aged 60 or older. By contrast, no more than 15 percent of the electorate will be aged 30 and younger. While most Western societies are struggling with the effects of aging populations, there ...

Campaigning for the Future of the EU

The upcoming legislative elections in Germany are likely to shape the future terms of the European project. This September we will see the two centric parties compete for the biggest share of the vote, with the parties on the left and right margins currently polling at just below 10 percent each. ...