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“Wilkommen im Sumpf” by Simon Book, 2016 McCloy Fellow

Nirgendwo auf der Erde ist das Geflecht aus Geld, Macht und Medien so eng wie in Washington. Solange sich alle Beteiligten an die Spielregeln hielten, ging das einigermaßen gut. Mit Donald Trump wird sich alles ändern. Und nicht zum Guten. Es droht ein Kollaps. Die Vermessung des Wahnsinns folgt auf die Krebssuppe. José Cunningham legt den Löffel beiseite, fährt sich mit der Hand durch das kurz gescheitelte, weiße Haar, dann beugt er sich nach vorne: „Ist das nicht unglaublich“, ruft er aus. Diese Hetze gegen die Minderheiten, die sexistischen Sprüche gegen Frauen, die Kritik an Medien und Geheimdiensten, die Unterstützung Russlands. Kein anderer hätte das alles tun und sagen können und wäre Präsident geworden, meint er. Keiner – außer Donald Trump. „Und wissen Sie was: Ich liebe diesen Mann. Er ist genau das, was Amerika braucht.“ Read more

“We Need A Robust Transatlantic Alliance” by Ambassador Peter Wittig

Europe and the United States face three main challenges together. As a new Congress convenes and Donald Trump becomes the new president of the United States, it is important that the U.S. and Europe focus on the challenges facing us. During the Cold War and the fight against terrorism, the United States and Europe were close allies defending their common values: democracy, freedom, rule of law and human dignity. The U.S. stood side by side with its European allies when Western Europe faced the threat of the Soviet Union. European allies in NATO stood side by side with the U.S. after 9/11 in fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. We as Germans remain grateful to the U.S. for the support we received after the fall of...

January 2017 – A Message from Dr. Steven E. Sokol

The end of one year and the beginning of a new year offers the opportunity to reflect on the past and to consider what might lie ahead. In the context of the transatlantic relationship, there is a great deal of history to draw upon – and much to anticipate as we think about the coming year. Thirty years ago in June, President Ronald Reagan made his famous speech in West Berlin imploring the leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, to “tear down this wall!” that had divided West and East Berlin since 1961. Next month will mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, which set the stage for greater political integration and launched Europe’s economic and monetary union. And, 15...

Launch of McCloy Leadership Mission on Urban Affairs and Sustainability

In September, six German local government professionals representing different cities participated in the launch of the ACG’s McCloy Leadership Mission on Urban Affairs. Building on a long history of conducting study tours and engaging in programs designed to give participants a chance to exchange best practices, the ACG restructured and redesigned its McCloy Fellowship in Urban Affairs to have a greater impact. The goal of the leadership mission is to give participants access to their professional counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic and to engage in dialogue on the varied challenges facing cities today. From immigration and integration to race relations and education, to sustainability and smart cities, the group learned how three U.S. communities are planning for the future – Alexandria and…

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