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Europe’s Illusions by Dr. Steven E. Sokol, Jackson Janes, et al.

Trump is not America. That is why Germany will remain the current European nation for the USA. A Response to Jörg Lau's and Bernd Ulrich's America Criticism Lesen Sie diesen Text auf Deutsch Although for more than 70 years common values were invoked to keep the transatlantic partnership together, now is the time to assert shared U.S.-German interests. For this reason, we, the signatories, take issue with the recent argument offered by Jorg Lau and Bernd Ulrich in DIE ZEIT("Something New in the West", ZEIT 43/17) which argues in effect for a German led decoupling of the West from the United States. We are not making a sentimental case for transatlanticism; rather we assert that we have shared interests. Read more

German Diplomat Speaks to UW Students About Shifting World Order

SEATTLE – Former German ambassador and consultant Thomas Matussek spoke to students at Smith Hall at the University of Washington Monday to discuss some of the current and future threats to the current international order. Matussek previously served as the German ambassador to the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and India before becoming the head of public policy at Deutsche Bank. He now advises businesses and governments on the worldwide effects of Brexit at international consulting firm Flint Global. “I lived and worked in this country for eight years,” Matussek said. “I think it’s important to get the feeling, the water temperature on the ground, of what’s happening in this country. And not just through the media.” Read more

Social Housing’s role in the German Refugee Crisis by Joshua Crites, 2012 McCloy Fellow

Last Saturday, somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000 refugees arrived in Munich in one single day. The large number puts a punctuation point on what is quickly becoming a race against time to find, build and provide enough housing for the new arrivals especially before winter comes.   The German government decided last week to commit 6 million euros to help deal with the waves of refugees pouring into Germany. Three million euro will be earmarked for the different German states. The government is quickly trying to increase the number of weather proof refugee reception centers to accommodate at least 150,000 more people. These temporary accommodations are only meant to hold people for around 6 months. After that, there will be a demand for longer term...

The Bronze Medal Winner Could Take First Place in Germany by Dr. Steven E. Sokol

Some call today’s German election boring, but it could produce a Brexit/Trump-like surprise. Stakes are high as Germans take to the polls today for the 19th federal election since the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949. The campaign season has been short and rather uneventful, especially by American standards, and Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to have a lock on the top job. However, some surprises may yet be in store — including the makeup of the coalition government she will lead in her fourth term and the makeup of the German Bundestag (parliament). Read more
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