Angela Merkel

  • Scholl in Foreign Policy: Edgar on Strategy (Part XI): Strategy, or Slip-Up? The Willkommen That Was Heard Round the World

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  • TRADE IN ACTION September 28, 2017

    This week saw the reelection of Angela Merkel as German Chancellor, with the introduction of the right wing AfD (Alternative for Germany) to the Bundestag as the most radical change. 

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  • TRADE in ACTION - May 19, 2017

    This week in TradeinActionOn the US side, Robert Lighthizer was sworn in as new USTR, President Trump met with President Santos of Colombia and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

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  • Cohen Joins BBC to Discuss Recent Meeting Between President Trump and Chancellor Merkel

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  • Trump and Merkel Cannot Afford to Fail

    The massive snowstorm that postponed German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House is symbolic of the chill in US-German relations. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Merkel’s open borders policy, which has brought over 1,250,000 refugees to Germany since 2015. Merkel has responded with a strong defense of freedom of movement and refugee rights.

    The challenge for both leaders now is to get over the icy rhetorical storm and get down to business. There are major issues on the US-German agenda waiting to be addressed, most of them less divisive than immigration and borders. These include the massive German trade surplus; the imbalance in NATO burden-sharing; how to handle Russia and Ukraine; and multiple Middle Eastern meltdowns. Each of these issues is complex and yet ultimately fixable.

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  • Four Easy Ways the EU Can Support Ukraine

    Europe’s leadership seems to realize the challenge US President Donald Trump poses to the transatlantic alliance: German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently reminded Europe that “our fate is in our own hands," while Guy Verhofstadt, president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, argues, “Europe must take its destiny and security in its own hands.”

    One way for Europe to exert greater control over its destiny and security is to step up its support for Ukraine. After all, it is in Europe’s interest to have a stable, pro-western Ukraine on its eastern border. Here are four easy steps it can take to promote this objective.

    First, the EU should finally meet its commitment to provide Ukrainians visa-free access to the EU. The EU already concluded in December 2015 that Kyiv had met all benchmarks under its Visa Liberalization Action Plan. However, rather than rewarding Ukraine for this achievement, internal EU politics related to a temporary visa suspension mechanism continues to stall the actual implementation of Ukrainians’ visa-free access.

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  • Montanino on Merkel After Greece

    Bloomberg Business quotes Global Business and Economics Program Director Andea Montanino on the political repercussions should Chancellor Angela Merkel's diplomacy in Greece prove unsuccessful: 

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  • US, Germany Seek a United Front on Ukraine

    Differences over arming Ukrainian security forces could vanish if Minsk talks fail, says Atlantic Council’s Burwell

    The question of providing defensive weapons to Ukraine’s security forces will dominate the meeting between US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on February 9.

    The Obama administration is reportedly considering providing the arms, which Germany opposes.

    The German position could change if a February 11 meeting between the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France in Belarus’ capital Minsk to discuss a peace plan for eastern Ukraine fails to produce a breakthrough or if the Russians do not stick to the terms of an agreement, said Frances G. Burwell, Vice President and Director of the Atlantic Council’s Program on Transatlantic Relations.

    “I think [Merkel] needs to have this last, rather impressive bout of negotiations in order to bring her political constituencies with her should she chose after Minsk to make a different decision,” Burwell said in an interview.

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  • Report: NSA Bugged Merkel's Phone at Request of State Department

    Shortly after former government contractor Edward Snowden revealed himself in June as the source of leaked National Security Agency documents, the agency's director, Gen. Keith Alexander, offered to resign, according to a senior U.S. official.
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  • Europe Loses Trust in Obama

    The U.S. president's turnabouts on Syria and Iran—coupled with his policy fumbles at home—have diminished European allies' traditional respect for the White House.
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