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Weekly News Digest

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The ACG brings its members a compilation of timely analysis and opinion pieces on transatlantic issues. Articles are then posted to the website the following week. (June 11, 2021)

Election Results in Saxony-Anhalt
Big Win for Merkel’s Party Confounds Pundits and Pollsters – Nette Noestlinger, Politico
Saxony-Anhalt Election Result Is a Clear Victory for Armin Laschet – Rosalia Romaniec, Deutsche Welle
Germany’s Christian Democrats Dominate in Key State Election Ahead of National Vote – Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico
Die CDU sollte von Haseloff lernen – Timo Lehmann, Spiegel
Wenn es so weitergeht, ist die SPD bald Geschichte – Stephan-Andreas Casdorff, Tagesspiegel

Transatlantic Relations
Transatlantic Trends 2021 – German Marshall Fund
Biden Heads to Europe This Week. Some Europeans Are Wary. – Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post
Around the Halls: What to Watch in Biden’s Week of Summits in Europe – Pavel K. Baex, Celia Belin, et al, Brookings

American Foreign Policy
America’s ‘Return’ Might Not Be Enough to Revive the West – Stewart M. Patrick, World Politics Review
Making America Global Again – Anne-Marie Slaughter and Kazumi Hoshino-MacDonald, Project Syndicate
Biden’s Foreign Policy: Reverse the Trump Agenda but Hit One Similar Note – Anita Kumar, Politico

Security and Defense
Many Europeans Say US Is Needed for Their Security but Question Washington’s Reliability, Poll Shows – John Vandiver, Stripes
Germany Is Unprepared for Strategic Simultaneity – Stefanie Babst, Internationale Politik Quarterly
Die Nato – totgeredet und notwendig – Franziska Augstein, Spiegel

Wirecard Scandal
All-or-Nothing Investment Websites Used Wirecard for Card Payments – Paul J. Davies, Wall Street Journal
Anleger scheitern vor Gericht gegen Wirecard-Prüfer EY – Jan Willmroth, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Wirecard: German Parliament Slams Scholz and Merkel – Deutsche Welle

Annalena Baerbock and the Greens
Is Green Day Coming to Germany? – Jacob Heilbrunn, National Interest
Ein doppeltes Desaster – Stefan Kuzmany, Spiegel
Nicht jede Kritik an Baerbock ist frauenfeindlich – Inga Barthels, Tagesspiegel