Despite the issues that create friction in the German-American relationship, the United States works more closely with Germany – and Europe as a whole – than with any other partner. But, these are challenging times for the transatlantic alliance, and we would be well served not to take it for granted.
In light of the common challenges facing Europe and the United States in the international arena, it is more important than ever to find areas where we can work together. The March 2019 Newsletter reflects on indispensable relations.
With Europe and the United States both inwardly focused, it is harder to address the common challenges we face (at home and abroad) in a constructive way. But, just because it is difficult does not mean it is not worthwhile.
2019 promises to be a big year for German politics, but it is also a big year for the American Council on Germany. Under the auspices of the German government’s Deutschlandjahr USA – the “Year of German-American Friendship” – we will undertake several new projects. I’d like to mention two of those projects here.
Engage. Engage. Engage. This is a call to action. And, it underscores the importance of the work the ACG does to promote dialogue through events in New York and at our 21 Eric M. Warburg Chapters across the country. And, in these uncertain times, there is a great deal to discuss – and engage on.
It is fair to say that as the foreign policy elites take stock of today’s global environment, they believe that after nearly three decades of the peace dividend, necessary investment in military hardware and readiness has not been made. They argue that we are not ready to take on today’s challenges – which include cyber- and hybrid-warfare – or to meet our foes. In order to make the necessary investment, there needs to be the political will. The politicians have to make the case to the voters – but this is not an argument the public wants to hear.
September 2018 Newsletter
With the rise of the far-right in Germany and the larger EU, it has become increasingly important for the country take a leadership role. In this newsletter, ACG President Steven E. Sokol reflects on the rising tensions in Germany.
July/August 2018 Newsletter
In looking ahead towards the future of transatlantic relations, the ACG reflects on its long history of best practice exchanges through its Young Leaders Conference.
June 2018 Newsletter
As transatlantic relations become even more strained, the ACG looks to find ways to find common ground and build new partnerships. The June newsletter focuses on building new bridges through exchanges at the local level.
March 2018 Newsletter
The March newsletter focuses on the changes in Germany’s government, elections in Italy, and the future of the EU. It also features highlights from February events, as well as announcements about long time friends of the ACG.
February 2018 Newsletter
The Berlin Wall has now been down longer than it stood. In the February 2018 newsletter, the ACG discusses how Germany has changed since the fall of the Wall in 1989. The ACG also announces the appointment of Ambassador John B. Emerson as Chairman of the Council.
January 2018 Newsletter
At the start of the new year, the ACG’s January newsletter reflects the breakdown in coalition talks in Germany and the future of the transatlantic relationship. Additionally, the ACG announces the launch of new programming.
December 2017 Newsletter
In mid-November, coalition talks between the Christian Democrats (CDU), the Free Democrats (FDP), and the Greens collapsed, leaving the Germany government in a new state of disorder. The December newsletter reflects on what this means for Germany and the future of the Bundestag.
November 2017 Newsletter
Transatlantic relations have become a bit strained since Donald Trump took office. Dr. Steven E. Sokol reflects on the tensions and the importance of a strong German-American, and European-American, partnership.
October 2017 Newsletter
The German election did not go as planned for the CDU and the SPD, but was a big success for third parties like the AfD, the Greens, and the FDP. In the October newsletter features Dr. Sokol’s thoughts and events that focused on the election, as well as coverage of the McCloy Leadership Mission on Urban Affairs and a special welcome to Ambassador Heusgen.
September 2017 Newsletter
As Germany prepares for their upcoming elections, the September 2017 newsletter reflects on the possible changes in government. The newsletter also highlights the 2017 Young Leaders Conference and the welcoming of new Consul General David Gill to New York.
July 2017 Newsletter
Looking back at the previous month, the ACG reflects on the John J. McCloy Awards Dinner, which was held on June 22. Additionally, the newsletter features highlights from discussions and lectures, the announcement of a new program, and updates of some of the ACG’s Young Leader Alumni.
June 2017 Newsletter
Reflecting on the growing tensions between the Chancellor Merkel and President Trump, the June 2017 newsletter examines the future of transatlantic relations through highlights the German-American conference in Berlin and recent events.
May 2017 Newsletter
Reflecting on the first round of the French election, the ACG newsletter examines the future of the EU, the Franco-German partnership, and the importance of transatlantic relations.
April 2017 Newsletter
Looking back on the month of March, the newsletter highlights the meeting of Trump and Merkel in Washington, DC, the activation of Article 50 allowing for the U.K. to begin negotiations to leave the European Union, and the gender gap in the U.S. and Germany. The newsletter also features upcoming events across the United States and updates on Young Leader Alumni.
February 2017 Newsletter
The February newsletter features a letter from Dr. Steven E. Sokol on transatlantic relations since the inguaration of Donald Trump, upcoming events in New York and across the country, and achievements of ACG corporate contributors.