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Weekly News Digest

In the news…

Each Tuesday, 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 Friday. (September 6, 2019)

Election Results Are In
Why Are This Weekend’s State Elections in Germany so Significant? – Emma Beswick, Euronews
Fenster nach rechts – Andreas Wassermann, Spiegel
5 Takeaways from Germany’s Regional Elections – Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico
Waffenstillstand in Berlin – Berthold Kohler, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

German Identity at Stake 
Germany Isn’t Special – Sudha David-Wilp, Foreign Policy
Germany’s Future Is Being Decided on the Left, Not the Far Right – Noah Barkin, The Atlantic
Germany is Fighting for its Identity – Ines Pohl, Deutsche Welle
The Small-Town Disputes That Fuel Germany’s Far Right – Emily Schultheis, The Atlantic
Germany’s Divided Soul – Dalia Marin, Project Syndicate
Der Osten ist nicht verloren – Cornelius Pollmer, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Future of the Grand Coalition
Mit einem Weiter-so können Union und SPD die Wähler nicht mehr überzeugen – Thomas Sigmund, Handelsblatt
Merkel’s Government Has Won a Breather – Bettina Verstring, Berlin Policy Journal
Die Groko hat keine Zukunft mehr – Ferdos Forudastan, Süddeutsche Zeitung

German Foreign Policy
Is Germany Going Soft on China? – Noah Barkin, Atlantic Council
Raus aus Europa – Marco Dettweiler, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Trump Administration Wants to ‘Reset’ Relations with EU – David M. Herszenhorn, Politico
Maximum Pressure on Germany Is a Big Mistake – Jeff Rathke and Max Hammer, Foreign Policy

The New European Commission
Von der Leyen Looks to Overhaul Commission Power Structure – Kalina Oroschakoff, Jacopo Barigazzi, and Maia de la Baume, Politico
Von der Leyen erreicht wohl Frauenziel – Spiegel
The New European Commission: What’s Next? – Elena Sanchez Nicolas, EU Observer