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


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.

B|Brief: TTIP Negotiators Make Small Gains, No Major Breakthroughs in Final Round before US Elections

U.S. and EU trade officials gathered in New York City during the week of October 3-7 for the 15th round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. For the first time since negotiations began in 2013, senior European Commission and U.S. government officials have publicly acknowledged that TTIP will not be concluded before the end of U.S. President Barack Obama’s term.

Trans-Atlantic Trade at the Crossroads: Prospects for TTIP in 2016 and Beyond

After three years of negotiations, TTIP is at a critical juncture. If the agreement is not concluded this year, the results of upcoming elections on both sides of the Atlantic will unquestionably disrupt its course.

B|Brief: To Counter Extremism, Europe Must Move Beyond Security and Focus on Neighborhoods

Following a spate of deadly attacks in Western Europe, governments have adopted a largely military-oriented response to secure the homeland and counter violent extremism. Amid renewed calls for yet more security measures, and with Germany considering the deployment of soldiers to its streets for the first time since World War II, governments at the national and city level must not discount the efficacy of...

B|Brief: Inside Turkey’s Economy: Risks, Rewards and the Challenges Ahead

On July 15, Turkey’s tumultuous 2016 took a shocking twist as elements within the country’s military attempted a coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the days following the attempt, Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency and began purges of depth and breadth that extended beyond public ministries and into the private sector.

Now, many question the extent to which Erdogan will consolidate power, and what implications this could have for Turkish democracy and for broader regional geopolitics.

In the coming months, Turkey’s economic resilience could play an equally important factor in determining the outcome of the current upheaval.

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