Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Thank you, Mr. President! An obituary for the 41st US President, George H.W. Bush

By Detlef Prinz and Wolfgang Ischinger

With the passing of George Bush the elder, Germany has lost a loyal friend and a committed champion of freedom across the globe. One of the great transatlanticists and an architect of German Reunification, the former US president will always occupy a special place in our history books.

Although he may have be no Abraham Lincoln, or George Washington, or Franklin D. Roosevelt, or even Ronald Reagan, he was a …

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 …

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 with the German tabloid newspaper Bild: “When you walk down Fifth Avenue, everybody has a Mercedes-Benz parked in front of his house. How many Chevrolets do you see in …

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 (JCPOA), or nuclear deal with Iran, goes deeper and could have more far-reaching strategic implications for the trans-Atlantic relationship than previous dis­agreements on how to deal with Tehran or other …

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 somehow claim “we” are being hurt by an amorphous “them.” After years of nation-building and economic growth created by international cooperation, some governments are once again embracing insular, self-centered policies …

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, gripping, first-class match, perhaps the best of the entire tournament, but Kerber had lost. She was now in a state of desperation, struggling with herself and her defeat. The message …

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 be just as strong as the pride with which every sixth US citizen declares they have German roots.

But if we look at the political arena, we have to admit …

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 a state secretary back in Berlin. But somehow in Washington she must have caught the Twitter bug: the new German ambassador in Washington, who is more impartial to – and …

THE NEW GERMAN TIMES – A Trans-Atlantic Newspaper

THE NEW GERMAN TIMES – A Trans-Atlantic Newspaper
By Detlef Prinz

We were having breakfast at Berlin’s Hotel Adlon when I said to Richard S. Lugar, “I need your help, Senator!”

That was back in 2003. At the time, the friendship between Germany and the United States had chilled considerably after the federal government had signaled its unwillingness to participate in the war against Iraq. I had come up with an idea as to how we could sustain the dialogue across …

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 together towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods. They also agreed to launch a close dialogue on standards in order to ease trade. An …