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Bertelsmann Foundtion in the News:
B|Brief: Steinmeier's Mission Impossible?

In this B|Brief, Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser writes that German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has his work cut out for him on his two-day visit to Washington. He must repair a badly frayed partnership with the US and reconfirm its importance. But to do that he needs the Obama administration to understand that the NSA scandal has led Germans to completely re-evaluate their once-close relationship with the US.

Bertelsmann Foundtion in the News:
Spy Games: Trans-Atlantic Relations Should Not Be Jeopardized

In this commentary published by Spiegel Online, Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser writes that the ongoing NSA spying scandal has put major strain on the relationship between Germany and the US. But both sides should stop reacting emotionally and look at the political realities. With trans-Atlantic trade on the line, there's simply too much at stake.

Bertelsmann Foundtion in the News:
B|Brief: The Erosion of Trans-Atlantic Trust

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Executive Director Annette Heuser writes that the revelation of alleged NSA spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone is a serious breach of trust between allies that could herald a profound and tragic end to close US-European ties.

Bertelsmann Foundtion in the News:
Imperial Life in the Merkel Republic

In this commentary published in The National Interest, Bertelsmann Foundation Transatlantic Relations Director Tyson Barker details the repercussions of Berlin's cautious approach to the eurozone crisis on German domestic and foreign policy.

Bertelsmann Foundtion in the News:
B|Brief: (Non-) Profiting From Better Sovereign Ratings

In this B|Brief, Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser puts forward the case for a new type of credit-rating agency, one that is international and non-profit - and one that would be more transparent and use more comprehensive data in its analyses.

Bertelsmann Foundtion in the News:
B|Brief - Post-Chavez Venezuela: A Country on the Edge

In this B|Brief, Bertelsmann Foundation Project Manager Samuel George writes that an end to the Chavez presidency is likely to herald turbulent political, economic and social times for Venezuela.

Bertelsmann Foundtion in the News:
Reality Check - The Impact of a Romney Victory on Europe

In this commentary for Fair Observer, Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser writes that a Romney presidency will signal a re-evaluation of the relationship between Moscow and Washington, a strong commitment to Israel and a continuing push for the European powers to increase defense spending.

Bertelsmann Foundtion in the News:
Why The World Doesn't Care About The U.S. Election

In this op-ed for RealClearWorld.com, Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser says President Barack Obama's mixed record has dissolved abroad any enthusiasm for this year's presidential election. Non-Americans are disappointed that the president could not be as transformative as they had hoped, and they believe the US system prevents any occupant of the Oval Office from implementing fundamental reform of economic and social policy.

Bertelsmann Foundtion in the News:
B|Brief: The US-UK Relationship - From Special to Indispensable

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Transatlantic Relations Director Tyson Barker shows how the Obama administration is using Prime Minister David Cameron's US visit to highlight the importance of the relationship between Washington and London. That relationship centers on three priority issues for both capitals: security, global economic governance and the wider trans-Atlantic link between the US and all of Europe.

Bertelsmann Foundtion in the News:
Only Europe Can Save Itself

In this commentary for Fair Observer, Bertelsmann Foundation Senior Project Manager Ting Xu says that Europe's search for financial support from China will be a fruitless effort. The move shows only Europe's lack of understanding of China and Chinese society. Europe is looking for a no-strings-attached deal, but this is a fantasy. Assuming China came to Europe's assistance, Beijing would demand something in return. That would stoke US opposition.

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