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  • Issue Brief posted April 29, 2016 by Luke Coffey, Daniel Kochis The 1997 NATO–Russia Founding Act Does Not Prohibit Permanent NATO Bases in Eastern Europe

    It is widely believed that in 1997, NATO promised Russia that it would not establish permanent military bases in any former Warsaw Pact countries that might someday become NATO members. This is in fact a myth that has been perpetuated by the Kremlin’s propaganda machine, as well as by the lack of diligent research and basic knowledge among commentators, politicians, and…

  • Issue Brief posted April 22, 2016 by Daniel Kochis Four Priorities for President Obama’s Last Visit to Germany

    President Obama is visiting Germany on April 24 and April 25. He will help open the Hannover Messe, a famous industrial trade fair, alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday. On Monday, the leaders of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States will meet to discuss the migrant crisis and terrorism. Germany is an important security partner of the…

  • Special Report posted June 6, 2014 by Alberto Alesina, Ph.D., Romina Boccia, Ryan Bourne, Salim Furth, Ph.D., David Howden, Ph.D., Filip Jolevski, Miguel Marin, Matthew Melchiorre, Derrick Morgan, Dalibor Rohac, Veronique de Rugy Europe’s Fiscal Crisis Revealed: An In-Depth Analysis of Spending, Austerity, and Growth

    About the Authors Preface Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Appendix: Country Profiles About the Authors Alberto Alesina, PhD, is Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. He is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Policy Research, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the…

  • Commentary posted May 19, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Germany should help lead NATO response to Russia

    "I'd rather have a German division in front of me than a French division behind me." So quipped Gen. George "Blood & Guts" Patton. The German military machine was fearsome foe in World War II. That was then. Now is now. Following two incredibly bloody world wars, many worried that a strong Germany would always be a threat to world peace. Indeed, the division of Germany…

  • Issue Brief posted May 16, 2014 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Luke Coffey Realistic U.S.–German Cooperation over Russia

    The Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014 contains a number of effective proposals that advance transatlantic security cooperation while seeking to restrain Moscow’s imperial ambitions in Eastern Europe. However, one of the bill’s main proposals—enhancing U.S. ties with Germany to confront Russia—is a flawed idea. The Germans view the threat and challenges posed by…

  • Issue Brief posted May 9, 2012 by J.D. Foster, Ph.D. Germany’s Economy Is Badly Exposed

    As the European economic crisis once again comes to a boil, many wonder how the Europeans put themselves in such hot water. This is a political crisis on top of an unemployment crisis, which bubbles on top of a fiscal crisis, underneath which is the critical element of an unsustainable imbalance in trade flows. While the trade imbalances within Europe have many causes,…

  • Commentary posted December 12, 2011 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D., Sally McNamara Why the Euro is Fighting a Losing Battle

    The race to save the Euro lumbers on. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have done a deal for a new European intergovernmental agreement. It’s not an EU agreement, formally, but that’s the way it will work in practice. Nations will have to vet their budgets with Brussels before their national parliament gets a vote. Any country…

  • Commentary posted January 14, 2011 by Ambassador Terry Miller A Tale of Two Recoveries

    Can a nation spend its way to prosperity? We don't have to guess. The experience of two countries over the last year - Germany and the United States - provides an answer. Prior to last summer's summit of the G-20 group of nations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spurned President Obama's call to boost spending. For Merkel, control of government debt was the…

  • Play Movie Sally McNamara on German Multiculturalism on FNC Video Recorded on October 18, 2010 Sally McNamara on German Multiculturalism on FNC

    Sally McNamara comments on Angela Merkel's claim that German multiculturalism has been a failure.…

  • Special Report posted July 15, 2010 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Europe: What Future?

    Abstract: The pretense that the European Union is successful and stable—and that the euro is a successful and stable currency—has been exploded by events surrounding the financial bailout of Greece. No one knows where the contagion will spread or how it may end. The world’s financial markets have occasionally teetered on the edge of panic. But the full implications of…

  • Play Movie Nile Gardiner on a Bailout for Greece on FNC Video Recorded on April 13, 2010 Nile Gardiner on a Bailout for Greece on FNC

    Nile Gardiner discusses a potential EU bailout for Greece on Fox News's Special Report.…

  • WebMemo posted March 4, 2010 by Sally McNamara, Baker Spring President Obama Must Not Remove Nuclear Weapons from Europe

    In April 2009—less than three months into his term of office—President Barack Obama laid out the centerpiece of his foreign policy vision for his Administration: the global eradication of nuclear weapons. Citing America’s atomic strikes against the Japanese Empire during World War II, President Obama stated that America has a “moral responsibility” to walk the “road to…

  • Testimony posted March 3, 2010 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. Chinese Outward Investment: Better Information Required

    Testimony before theU.S.-China Economic and Security Review CommissionFebruary 25, 2009 The debate over the nature and implications of Chinese investment around the globe suffers badly from too much speculation and too few facts. It is in the PRC's interest to dampen the former by addressing the latter. However, there is very recent evidence that domestic political…

  • Play Movie Nile Gardiner on Germany's Refusal to Bail Out Greece on Fox Business Video Recorded on February 12, 2010 Nile Gardiner on Germany's Refusal to Bail Out Greece on Fox Business

    Nile Gardiner discussing Germany's Angela Merkel's refusal to bail out Greece.…

  • WebMemo posted February 12, 2010 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Khrystyna Kushnir After Ukraine Elections: What Is Next for U.S. Policy?

    On February 7, Ukrainians elected former Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych as president, a defeat for current Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The first round of elections, held on January 17, appeared to be free and fair. The U.S. embassy and OSCE concluded that the second round of runoff elections were free and fair as well. Ukrainian courts may review some of…