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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. (August 27, 2021)

Germany’s Responsibility to Afghanistan
Germany and Afghanistan: Time to Ditch Bad Governments, Not Good Governance – Christoph Heusgen, European Council on Foreign Relations
Amid Sharp Criticism, Germany Stumbles in Late Efforts to Rescue Afghan Support staff – Loveday Morris, Washington Post
Germany Has Failed in Afghanistan – Marcel Fürstenau, Deutsche Welle
Zwei Fragen der Ehre – Nikolaus Blome, Spiegel

Migration and Asylum Policy
Afghan Takeover Reminds Europe: It Has No Unified Refugee Plan – Jacopo Barigazzi, Politico
European Leaders Are Exploiting Unfounded Fears of a Repeat of the 2015 Refugee Crisis – Mujtaba Rahman, The Guardian
Menschliche Flüchtlingspolitik hilft allen – Gesine Schwan, Tagesspiegel
Refugees Can Be a Step Toward Redemption for Afghanistan Failures – Ahmed Charai, The Hill

Merkel Visits Russia and Ukraine
Germany’s Conflict with Russia Remains – Frank Hofmann and Vladimir Espimov, Deutsche Welle
Merkel’s Fruitless Moscow Trip – Andrey Gurkov, Deutsche Welle
Warum Berlin der Ukraine helfen muss – Gerhard Simon and Stefanie Schiffer, Welt

International Cooperation on COVID
The G20’s COVID Agenda – Jeffrey Frankel, Project Syndicate
The Battle Against COVID-19 Is an Opportunity to Prioritize Peace – Erol Yayboke, The Hill

German Election
Germany’s Resurgent SPD Has New Hope of Succeeding Merkel – Philip Oltermann, The Guardian
Warum die CDU im Wahlkampf nicht vom Fleck kommt – Paul Starzmann, Tagesspiegel
Armin Laschet schaltet auf Angriff – Merkels späte Hilfe reicht nicht – Jan Hildebrand, Handelsblatt

Innovation and Digitalization
Analysis: Red Tape, Risk Aversion Clip Wings of Merkel’s Innovation Legacy – Andreas Rinke and Michael Nienaber, Reuters
Vom alten Diesel auf Hybrid – Philipp Rotmann, Internationale Politik
Her mit den Innovationen – Christian Stoecker, Spiegel

In the news…

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. (July 16, 2021)

Transatlantic Relations
How America Fell out of Love with Europe – Bruno Macaes, Politico
Will Europe Rise to Biden’s Challenge? – Sigmar Gabriel, Project Syndicate
Biden and Merkel to Discuss Afghanistan, Cybersecurity and Nord Stream Pipeline this Week – Amanda Macias, CNBC
Will Merkel’s Final Washington Visit Improve the German-American Relationship? – Jackson Janes and Stephen F. Szabo, National Interest

Angela Merkel and Germany’s Role in the World
The Other Side of Angela Merkel – Mathias Matthijs and R. Daniel Kelemen, Foreign Policy
Im Zweifel opportunistisch – Henrik Müller, Spiegel
Außenblick – International perspectives on Germany – GIZ Magazine

NATO and Nuclear Policy
NATO and Its Nuclear Policy: In Contradiction to its Own Security Objectives – Jean-Marie Collin, Susi Snyder, and Tuva Widskjold, Euractiv
Weapons of Mass Debate – Germany’s Unease Around Nuclear Deterrence – Claudia Major and Christian Mӧlling, Institut Montaigne
Germany’s Upcoming Election and the Future of Nuclear Sharing – Steven Pifer, Brookings Institution

Troop Pull-out of Afghanistan
Bundeswehr vor den Reichstag – Lorenz Hemicke, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Biden Knows Afghanistan Withdrawal Is the Right Thing — Despite Political Risks – Ed Rendell, The Hill
The U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan Creates Uncertainty for Russia – Mark Episkopos, National Interest
Es war einmal in Afghanistan – Christian Zaschke, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Relations with China and Russia
Why Russia and China Are Cooperating More Than Ever – Andranik Migranyan, National Interest
Die deutsche Wirtschaft muss sich auf eine Entkopplung von China einstellen – Mortiz Koch, Handelsblatt
Wie China die Prioritäten des Westens testet – Juliane Schäuble, Tagesspiegel
Why Germany’s Relationship with Putin’s Russia Is a Problem for Ukraine – John Lough, Atlantic Council
Quo Vadis – Igor Ivanov, Modern Diplomacy