Trans-Atlantic Relations Project

B|Brief: China’s Play for Market Economy Status – A Targeted Fight with Global Consequences

U.S. and Chinese leaders convened in Washington last week for the annual U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue, but parted ways without making significant progress. The two sides remain at odds over a range of economic and trade issues, and each country’s leader faces pressure at home to appear tough on the other.

Advancing Equity for Athens' Resilience

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Today, the Transatlantic Policy Lab (the Lab) is pleased to launch “Advancing Equity for Athens’ Resilience,” containing recommendations to improve trust, employment, and public space in the Municipality of Athens, Greece. The report is the culmination of a yearlong effort by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Municipality of Athens, 100 Resilient Cities, and fifteen lab participants drawn from ...

The Future of Work and the Trans-Atlantic Alliance - The State of Play and Pathways for U.S. German Cooperation

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In their not-so-distant predictions, futurists often foretell a world in which artificial intelligence (AI), big data, machine learning and automation dictate our lives. To some, this technological disruption leads to the elimination of work altogether or, at worst, robot domination. To others, this same change births a newly empowered professional class that derives its prosperity...

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...

The International Response to Crisis in the Middle East: A German Approach

In the final issue of Newpolitik in 2016, Christian-P. Hanelt explores the context in which German policy toward the Middle East has developed. Nearly six years after a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire, igniting a series of protests across the Arab world, the Middle East and North Africa face new conflicts and threats...

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.

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