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B|Brief: NAFTA Renegotiation:State of Play and a Look Ahead

Trade officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada are gathered in Ottawa this week for the third round of negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The first two rounds, which took place over the past month in Washington and Mexico City, covered ...

B|Brief: The Turkish-German Tug-of-War

In the lead-up to Germany’s federal elections on September 24, the nation’s 2.9 million Turkish-born residents have found themselves in the middle of a tug-of-war between Berlin and Ankara...

B|Brief: NAFTA Renegotiation: Recalibrating North American Economic Relations

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative last week, giving momentum to President Donald Trump's trade agenda. As the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico prepare to rejigger the interdependent economies of North America, they must ensure that any new arrangement will...

B|Brief: French Election Brings Short-Term Relief, Raises Specter of Long-Term Polarization

Emmanuel Macron’s advance to the second round of French presidential elections – and seemingly the presidency – has laid bare divisions over his agenda and whether he can cut deals and marshal the political machinery necessary to secure the ever-elusive holy grail of reforming France.

B|Brief: Merkel and the Trump Two-Step: Navigating the German Chancellor’s White House Visit

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares for her first in-person encounter with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House this week, she faces a strategic reality that contrasts sharply with her previous visits hosted by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

B|Brief: The Triumph of Transactionalism: ‘America First’ and Europe’s New Strategic Reality

A newly minted President Donald Trump proclaimed that his administration would be guided by a simple philosophy: “America First.” While the concrete policy implications of this new ethos remain vague, it is clear that Trump intends to pursue a foreign policy grounded in zero-sum thinking...

B|Brief: Italy’s Referendum Brings Uncertainty, but Averts Chaos

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned his post last week after voters roundly rejected a referendum on constitutional reform. The outcome has created political and economic uncertainty in Italy and the European Union (EU). Worries that the vote may lead to an Italian exit from the eurozone or from the EU itself are unwarranted though.

The EU-US Privacy Shield Framework – A New Paradigm for an Evolving Digital World

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Regardless of how effectively the Privacy Shield or any other framework protects European citizens’ personal data, it is certain to be highly scrutinized and challenged by...

B|Brief: An American Revolution - The Election of President Donald Trump

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States marks a seismic shift in American politics. Although the specifics of Trump’s domestic and foreign policy priorities have been elusive to date, his comments have provided a useful window into how his administration will approach key issues that will promptly land on the new president’s desk. For the trans-Atlantic relationship, there is legitimate cause for concern.

B|Brief: In Search of the Center - The Beginning of the End of Political Extremism?

President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong,” and yet that is where the politics of the United States are firmly entrenched at the moment. But the U.S. is not alone. Across the European continent, nations are flirting with extreme ideological movements on the right and the left, fueling the flames of nationalism and xenophobia.

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