After the G7 fiasco, it's clear that a trade war is in the making. US justifications of "national security concerns" for its tariffs suggest a legitimate target for EU countermeasures: coal.
International trade policy requires three traits to be successful and lead to mutual prosperity. Trump's is missing all three, as he showed at the G-7 summit.
A political scientist and economist explores the causes and consequences of Trump's scattershot trade policy.
Seven world leaders with axes to grind are preparing to sit round one table. Sparks will fly.
As the UK and US retreat from the global scene, Germany is ready to step up to preserve the liberal international order and is seeking a seat on the UN Security Council.
The SPD is in government with Angela Merkel again after signing a coalition deal. But life has been harder for the social democrats.
Martin Schulz could face a major backlash from his own party after breaking his promise not to enter government with Angela Merkel's CDU again.
The Conversation scholars analyze a few of the key themes and speeches that punctuated the three-day gathering of global elites in the Alps.
Will young Germans remember their history – and will older German embrace the digital future?
Germany's Social Democrat Party leadership voted in favour of a new coalition with Angela Merkel's block – but it's far from plain sailing ahead.
Germany's foreign minister could take a page from Chrystia Freeland's playbook on how his country should manage foreign policy in the Donald Trump era.
Over three months since Germans voted in national elections, preliminary talks are due to start Jan. 7 on forming a coalition government. What has taken so long?
The Chinese zodiac predicts justice, openness, tolerance and innovation for the year ahead. After a difficult political year, it could be just the tonic.
The issue of whether to allow refugees to bring their close family to Germany has been a sticking point in coalition negotiations.
Martin Schulz has said he'd rather go back into opposition than agree to another grand coalition. But is that sensible?
The parliamentary arithmetic suggests Merkel would actually be in quite a stable position if she goes it alone, without calling fresh elections.
German chancellor is running out of options to form a viable government.
Stalemate in the Brexit negotiations is linked to a crisis of representation in Europe.
Generations of Germans have worked to create a positive national identity based on difficult self-reckoning with the Nazi era. The recent election attacks that progress.
Angela Merkel must continue to resist the temptation to cede political ground to the populists.