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The Future of Mobility is Connected and Digital

"The Future of Mobility is Connected and Digital" by Robin Cammarota, Program Director and Digital Strategist, American Council on Germany Although Germany is known for its green technology and Energiewende (or energy transformation), it may surprise some people to know that it will not reach its 2020 carbon reduction goal of 40 percent. This is due largely to diesel emissions. On May 17, the EU Commission officially put Germany on notice for not reducing carbon emissions. In order for Germany to meet its future emissions reduction goals, the country will have to make drastic changes to its transportation systems at the national, regional, and local levels. With more than 15 million diesel cars on the road in Germany, the government and the automobile industry are...

America and Germany are about so much more than Trump – Denis McDonough, Steven E. Sokol, David Deissner

If the American-German relationship can survive US President Donald Trump's term, it'll be stronger than ever, write three policy experts for Handelsblatt. The Paris Climate Accord. Steel and aluminum tariffs. The Iran Deal. It is hard to imagine a rougher patch in transatlantic and US-German relations. Earlier this month, when we participated in a conference with German and American opinion leaders who had gathered in Washington, DC to assess the relationship and determine concrete actions that will drive the alliance forward, the mood of our German friends reflected this rough patch. There was great pessimism about how much progress can be achieved in shoring up the relationship given the current environment. Read more

Deutsche und Amerikaner sehen gemeinsame Wertebasis schwinden – Oliver Georgi

Die gemeinsame Wertegrundlage auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks erodiert immer mehr, fürchtet rund die Hälfte der Deutschen und Amerikaner. Besonders skeptisch sehen die Deutschen die zukünftigen Handelsbeziehungen zu den Vereinigten Staaten. Trotz der anhaltenden politischen Spannungen zwischen Washington und Berlin glaubt eine Mehrheit auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks weiter daran, dass die Vereinigten Staaten und Deutschland gemeinsame Werte teilen. Rund die Hälfte der Deutschen und Amerikaner ist aber überzeugt davon, dass diese gemeinsame Wertebasis zunehmend erodiert. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt eine Umfrage der Atlantik-Brücke und des American Council on Germany, die das Meinungsforschungsinstitut YouGov im April zeitgleich in den Vereinigten Staaten und in Deutschland durchgeführt hat. Read more

A Celebrity Philosopher Explains the Populist Insurgency – Article by Thomas Meaney, 2017 Hunt Fellow

One weekend last June, in an auditorium in the German city of Karlsruhe, the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk celebrated his seventieth birthday by listening to twenty lectures about himself. A cluster of Europe’s leading intellectuals, academics, and artists, along with a smattering of billionaires, were paying tribute to Germany’s most controversial thinker, in the town where he was born and where he recently concluded a two-decade tenure as the rector of the State Academy for Design. There were lectures on Sloterdijk’s thoughts on Europe, democracy, religion, love, war, anger, the family, and space. There were lectures on his commentaries on Shakespeare and Clausewitz, and on his witty diaries, and slides of buildings inspired by his insights. Between sessions, Sloterdijk, who has long, straw-colored hair and a...
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