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Episode 50: German Interests, a New Coalition, and a Changing World
December 16, 2021

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS president Jeff Rathke and Senior Fellow and Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish talk with Dr. Josef Joffe about Germany’s foreign and economic policy …

Episode 49: Health Care Workers and Public Health in Germany and the United States During COVID-19
December 13, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has subjected the German and U.S. healthcare systems to tremendous pressure and posed great challenges to public health policy makers. In both countries, the pandemic has exacted

Episode 48: The Future of Germany’s Security and Defense Policy
December 06, 2021

Germany is essential to transatlantic security, a fact that grows more important with rising security challenges in Europe. Berlin’s allies have long called on the country to play a bigger …

Episode 47: False Information, Conspiracy Theories, and Right-Wing Extremism
November 29, 2021

Since the Covid 19 pandemic began in many countries, conspiracy theories and political extremism have grown but particularly in the United States and Germany. False information has flourished, leading

Episode 46: Transatlantic Trade Policy for the Future: Climate, WTO, and China
November 24, 2021

Trade is one of the most important elements in the transatlantic relationship, and the values of open and fair competition have underpinned efforts by the United States and the European …

Episode 45: Democracy as the Victor in Germany’s Federal Election
October 21, 2021

The September 26 German federal election marked a notable decline of the traditional big-tent parties (Volksparteien) and significant gains by the Green Party and the liberal Free Democratic Party, wh

Episode 44: Climate Policy and International Economic and Financial Cooperation
October 07, 2021

Climate policy has become a major issue in German domestic politics and was a key topic for the recent German federal election. All major political parties in Germany included climate …

Episode 43: Living the American-German Relationship—A Conversation with Martin Richenhagen
May 06, 2021

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, our guest is Prof. Dr. Martin Richenhagen, Chairman of the AICGS Board of Trustees and former CEO of the American agricultural machinery manufacturer AGCO …

Episode 42: A New Direction for Germany?
April 29, 2021

The German federal election campaign is heating up after Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) finally chose Armin Laschet as the bloc’s …

Episode 41: Trade Talk with Soumaya Keynes—Biden’s Trade Policy, the Transatlantic Relationship, and the Next Chapter
April 13, 2021

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS’ Jeff Rathke and Peter Rashish speak with Soumaya Keynes, trade and globalization editor at The Economist and co-host of the Trade Talks podcast, …