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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. (January 21 2021)

ACG Programming
“We, the People…”: Reality or Illusion? – Webinar with political consultant Pam Campos-Palma and Alexander Saengerlaub of futur eins, held in partnership with 1014

Armin Laschet and the CDU
5 Things to Know about German CDU Chief Armin Laschet – Laurenz Gehrke, Politico
Merkel Minus Angela – Josef Joffe, Project Syndicate
Head of Germany’s Biggest State Takes Helm of Angela Merkel’s Party — and Shot to Succeed Her as Chancellor – Loveday Morris, Washington Post
So isser, der Laschet. Wirklich? – Barbara Hans, Spiegel
Das Experiment Laschet – Stefan Braun, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Angela Merkel
Merkel Era May Only Just Be Beginning – Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico
Angela Merkel Endured as Others Came and Went. Now World’s Crisis Manager Steps Down – Ivana Kottasova, CNN
We’re Not Ready for Europe after Merkel – Mujtaba Rahman, Politico

Future of Transatlantic Relations
New US President: How EU-US Relations Could Improve – European Parliament
Transatlantischer Neuanfang unter Joe Biden? – Tessa Clara Walther, Deutsche Welle
Das Vertrauen in die Amerikaner ist zerrüttet – Peter Lindner, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Europe Sees a Narrow Window for Biden to Revive Iran Nuclear Deal – Loveday Morris and Erin Cunningham, Washington Post
Gegen China ist die Nato zu klein – Johannes Vogel, Spiegel
French See Antony Blinken, Biden’s Pick For Secretary Of State, As One Of Their Own – Eleanor Beardsley, NPR

The UK and EU Are Heading for Bad-tempered Rivalry, Unless We Can Avert It – Timothy Garton Ash, European Council on Foreign Relations
Was Brexit Inevitable? – Robert Skidelsky, Project Syndicate

Preserving Democracy
Policing the Police: Germany’s Lessons for the U.S. – Joseph P. Williams, U.S. News
The Growing Problem of Online Radicalization – Markus Becker, Patrick Beuth, Markus Böhm, et al., Spiegel
Long Live Democracy – Marcel Fuerstenau, Deutsche Welle
After Trump, Is American Democracy Doomed by Populism? – Yascha Mounk, Council on Foreign Relations

Climate Change Policy
New CDU Leader Brings Continuity with Merkel Era But Comes with Stained Climate Reputation – Benjamin Wehrmann, Clean Energy Wire
Joe Biden’s Climate Pledges: Are They Realistic? – Elliot Douglas, Deutsche Welle
Allein gegen den Klimawandel – Christoph von Eichhorn, Süddeutsche Zeitung