Wednesday, November 21, 2018

America’s retreat and Donald Trump’s refusal to lead are putting the trans-Atlantic alliance at risk

By Theo Sommer

We live in perilous times in an imperiled world. The most dramatic shift of power and wealth since the ascent of the United States to worldwide dominance a hundred years ago puts an end to 500 years of Western (and white) hegemony. China’s rise from international insignificance to global clout is changing the power balance. The Chinese model – capitalism plus authoritarianism – poses a grave challenge to the Western system of free market democracy, as despots all over the world are eager to emulate it. The liberal international order, built by America after World War II and sustained by its European allies ever since, is collapsing. Democracy is in retreat; nationalism and tribalism are gaining ground; and global instability …

The president of the United States is squawking about Germany’s trade surplus – and not without reason, yet he fails to grasp reality in Germany and the United States

The president of the United States is squawking about Germany’s trade surplus – and not without reason, yet he fails to grasp reality in Germany and the United States
By Mark Schieritz

For Donald Trump, Germany’s trade surplus is something of a permanent provocation. The American president appears convinced that Germany isn’t playing fair, but rather providing its own industry with competitive advantages. Or, as Trump himself put it in an interview …

Withdrawing from the nuclear deal is a major blunder – the E-3 must pick up the baton

By Volker Perthes

The United States and the European Union have often differed over Middle East policies. The current dispute over Iran, however, which broke into the open with US President Donald Trump’s May 2018 withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action …

With America-at-Large in retreat, look to America’s states for leadership

By Philip D. Murphy

To say we are living in uncertain times would be a gross understatement.

The structure that had provided generations of global stability and betterment are being upended by a new wave of populism, fed largely by the far-right strains that …

Angelique Kerber was knocked out early on in this year’s US Open. But she’s not worried.

By Jürgen Schmieder

On Sept. 5, 2015, Angelique Kerber began composing a text message on her cell phone. She was sitting in the locker room of the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York after her match against Victória Azárenka. It was an exciting, …

Germany and the US need to talk. Why a new trans-Atlantic exchange offers a unique opportunity to do so.

By Heiko Maas

At first glance, everything seems pretty much the same. Hollywood movies still attract huge audiences in Germany, even in the smallest towns. American tourists continue to marvel at Heidelberg and Munich. And Germans’ enthusiasm for US culture still seems to …

The German Ambassador to Washington, Emily Haber, seeks to cultivate the collective

The German Ambassador to Washington, Emily Haber, seeks to cultivate the collective
By Juliane Schäuble

She had to get accustomed to Twitter long before she took up her post in the capital of Twitter king Donald Trump’s empire. Emily Haber shakes her head. The 62-year-old began using the online news and social networking service as …

Facets of meaning abound – in an ever-changing city. The tale of Berlin today.

Facets of meaning abound – in an ever-changing city. The tale of Berlin today.
By Annett Gröschner

Berlin, Prenzlauer Allee, just behind the Ringbahn subway line. A drunk and staggering, somewhat shabby looking older woman with a sec­ond-hand cigarette butt in the corner of her mouth stretches her left fist into the air and shouts out to …

Germany is neglecting its immigrant children. A polemic.

Germany is neglecting its immigrant children. A polemic.
By Güner Balci

The misgivings harbored by many Germans with regard to migrants are steadfast and long-standing. This will not come as a surprise to anyone who has taken the time to examine the state of migrant integration in German society over the …

TV-series Berlin Babylon is depicting life in the German capital during the Roaring Twenties

By Ursula Scheer

No one evades the undertow of ecstasy, nor the vortex of doom. As the first double-episode of Babylon Berlin comes to a close and the denizens of a packed nightclub throb to the music, entranced and infatuated by the androgynous …

Why a young Berliner at Oxford founded a science publication for refugees

By Paul Ostwald

Sandra Maischberger’s TV talk show in the fall of 2015 was drawing to a close when she gave the last word to a guest from the audience. In nearly accent-free German, Hakim spoke about his studies in Syria, his trek …

German and US companies are among the most important foreign investors in each other’s markets. A trade war is bad for everyone

By Stormy-Annika Mildner

Sighs of relief resonated throughout the German business community when US President Donald Trump and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed on negotiating a EU-US trade deal in late July. In a joint statement, the two leaders decided to work …

Alba’s basketballers are taking the game to the classroom

By Horst Schneider

For Basketball lovers, Moritz Wagner is a household name. But even lesser fans will be hearing the 7-foot center’s name in the future. He has – after a successful college career with the Michigan Wolverines – signed an NBA contract …

Rich and sexy: Booming Berlin is driving up real estate prices

By Tong-Jin Smith

It was one of the last vacant plots in Berlin’s trendy district of Prenzlauer Berg – a prime location nestled between historical buildings and in direct vicinity of shops, restaurants and the heavily frequented U2 subway line. For years the …

How I learned to love the Staatsangehörigkeitsbehörde – and to pronounce it properly

By Gayle Tufts

In 2017, I became a German citizen. The decision to become deutsch was not made lightly and was surprisingly emotional. The American presidential election and my personal abhorrence of Donald Trump played a major role, but my choice was actually …