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The Zeitgeist delves into topics affecting Germany, the United States, and the transatlantic relationship. Hosted by AICGS President Jeff Rathke, the show welcomes guests from the policy, academic, and think tank communities, as well as in-house AICGS experts. Produced by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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The Zeitgeist delves into topics affecting Germany, the United States, and the transatlantic relationship. Hosted by AICGS President Jeff Rathke, the show welcomes guests from the policy, academic, and think tank communities, as well as in-house AICGS experts. Produced by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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

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

    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 the UN to even deem this an “infodemic.” On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program Director Eric Langenbacher discusses the recent surge of misinformation and conspiracy theories with Leticia Bode, Associate Professor at Georgetown University, and Daniel Koehler, Research Fellow at American University. What means are available to combat false information? Are there connections among right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism, and conspiracy theories? What can the United States and Germany do together to address cross-border conspiracy theories movements like Qanon?



    Host

    Eric Langenbacher, Senior Fellow and Director, Society, Culture & Politics Program, AICGS

    Guest

    Leticia Bode, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

    Daniel Koehler, Research Fellow, American University



    This podcast episode is part of the AICGS project “The Importance of the Transatlantic Partnership in Times of Global Crises” and is generously funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) (Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi)).

    • 33 min
    Episode 46: Transatlantic Trade Policy for the Future: Climate, WTO, and China

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

    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 Union to uphold the rules-based international trading system. Since the arrival of the Biden administration, the two economic superpowers have taken steps to reduce bilateral trade frictions and launched several initiatives aimed at enhancing their cooperation on global economic strategy.

    On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke and Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish discuss the future of transatlantic trade policy with Cecilia Malmström, nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and former European Commissioner for trade. What is the state of the EU’s trade policy? How is the incoming German government likely to influence the bloc’s trade agenda? What should be the focus of the next U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) summit? And how can Washington and Brussels work together to reform the WTO in areas like climate and the role of non-market economies?



    Host

    Jeff Rathke, President, AICGS

    Guest

    Cecilia Malmström, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

    Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow and Director, Geoeconomics Program, AICGS

    • 30 min
    Episode 45: Democracy as the Victor in Germany’s Federal Election

    Episode 45: Democracy as the Victor in Germany’s Federal Election

    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, who enjoyed strong support from younger generations of voters. On this Episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke talks with Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, co-president of the Green Party-affiliated Heinrich Böll Foundation, to discuss the takeaways from the recent election as well as potential domestic and foreign policy priorities for the next coalition government. How is political landscape in Germany changing? How might intergenerational equity find its way into a coalition agreement? How might the traditional elements of the transatlantic relationship change?



    Host

    Jeff Rathke, President, AICGS

    Guest

    Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, co-president, Heinrich Böll Foundation

    • 20 min
    Episode 44: Climate Policy and International Economic and Financial Cooperation

    Episode 44: Climate Policy and International Economic and Financial Cooperation

    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 policy in their election programs. The Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) chancellor candidate, also the current Minister of Finance, proposed creating a “climate club” with other, similarly ambitious countries. On this Episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS’ Jeff Rathke and Peter Rashish discuss with Dr. Jakob von Weizsäcker, chief economist at the German Ministry of Finance, the prospects for German climate policy after the federal election. What transatlantic and broader international cooperation are necessary to reduce carbon emissions on a global scale while avoiding trade frictions linked to competing green tariffs such as a carbon border adjustment mechanism? How can like-minded countries join to construct an effective “climate club?” Beyond climate, can we glimpse the future of the EU’s economic policy from its NextGen EU initiative? And should the world be worried about a new round of inflationary pressures?transatlantic relationship and corporate responsibility as well as his outlook for this year’s German federal election.



    Host

    Jeff Rathke, President, AICGS

    Guest

    Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow; Director, Geoeconomics Program, AICGS

    Jakob von Weizsäcker, Chief Economist Director General for Economic and Fiscal Policy and Global Economy, German Federal Ministry of Finance

    • 37 min
    Episode 43: Living the American-German Relationship—A Conversation with Martin Richenhagen

    Episode 43: Living the American-German Relationship—A Conversation with Martin Richenhagen

    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 Corporation. AICGS president Jeff Rathke and Dr. Richenhagen discuss his recent book, “Der Amerika-Flüsterer: Mein Weg vom deutschen Religionslehrer zum US-Topmanager” (The America Whisperer: My Journey from Religion Teacher to U.S. Executive). Dr. Richenhagen recalls his roots in postwar Cologne and the character traits that contributed to his long and successful career in the United States. As a prominent proponent of strong German-American ties, Dr. Richenhagen shares his views on the transatlantic relationship and corporate responsibility as well as his outlook for this year’s German federal election.



    Host

    Jeff Rathke, President, AICGS

    Guest

    Martin Richenhagen, Chairman of AICGS Board of Trustees

    • 34 min
    Episode 42: A New Direction for Germany?

    Episode 42: A New Direction for Germany?

    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 chancellor candidate and the Greens rally behind Annalena Baerbock. While Laschet stands for continuity in a country that has been led by Angela Merkel for 16 years, Baerbock advocates changes in German policy and a new direction. Recent public opinion polls provide a dim outlook for the conservatives and suggest that it could be impossible to form a coalition government without the Greens after the September election.

    On this episode, Julian Mueller-Kaler, resident fellow at the Atlantic Council and an AICGS non-resident fellow, again joins AICGS president Jeff Rathke and AICGS senior fellow and director for society, culture & politics program Eric Langenbacher to discuss the latest developments in Germany’s electoral politics. What are the strengths and weaknesses of leading chancellor candidates? What are some potential options for a coalition government? Will the Covid-19 pandemic have a lasting effect on voter perception? Can other parties such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the left party make gains in the election?



    Host

    Jeff Rathke, President, AICGS

    Guests

    Julian Mueller-Kaler, Resident Fellow, Atlantic Council and Non-Resident Fellow, AICGS

    Eric Langenbacher, Senior Fellow and Director, Society, Culture & Politics Program

    • 32 min

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