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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

“Postcard from Dresden: What it’s like to be a Refugee in Germany’s Conservative Stronghold” – Jacob Kushner, 2016 McCloy Fellow

One afternoon, in a plaza in the center of Dresden, a tall man with a fatherly face and glasses insists that our interview be videotaped. Tourists and natives sit on patios eating sandwiches and ice cream as the man's colleague tries to get the video camera working. An old man in a straw hat approaches me to admire my interview subject. "Just so you know—in anti-Islamic dialogue, he is the No. 1 in Germany! That's why they call him a Nazi. And he is definitely not a Nazi." With the camera finally ready, the man begins his speech, gesticulating as though to a live television audience, even though only a couple curious onlookers are watching. He warns of a surge of radical Islam in Germany. It's...

Remembering Helmut Kohl

Statement by ACG Chairman Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt It is with great sadness that we learned today of the death of Helmut Kohl.  I had the honor of working with Chancellor Kohl for over three decades, beginning in the Reagan years, continuing through German Unification, and intensifying when I was appointed as the first American Ambassador in over 50 years to a united Germany.  Helmut Kohl will always be remembered as the Chancellor of Unification, but he was also a committed European and strong transatlanticist.  We offer his family and the German people our condolences at this difficult time, even as we join them in remembering the life and contribution of one of the Twentieth Century’s major political figures.
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