The 2020 US election ended with former-Vice President Joe Biden winning the presidency over the Republican incumbent Donald Trump. Against this backdrop, it is important to re-examine the key dynamics of the transatlantic relations and discuss possible implications of the outcome. For us at Miller & Meier Consulting, however, one thing is clear: We can only secure economic prosperity and tackle global challenges if we work jointly to revive the close US-European alliance.
The second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic has severely hit Europe and the US. To cope with the spread of the virus restrictive measures are being (re-)imposed in Europe, arguably for the sake of public health and safety. Meanwhile, governments and policymakers seem to have quickly adapted scientific arguments to justify those rules. This has been widely interpreted as a new way to concentrate power in their hands. Thus, the political response to the COVID-19 crisis is not only driven by power dynamics, but the current situation is also used to leverage the virus to expand and cement power. Because it is not the virus to which we can attribute power. In fact, the real power always lay with politics rather than science or disease – and it continues to do so.
All over Germany the church pews are empty, from the smallest village chapel to Cologne Cathedral. Not because Germans are losing their faith, but because of a state ban on contact. Orphaned parishes and the prohibition of communal worshipping are just two examples of how massively the federal and state governments have restricted basic freedoms in the fight against Covid-19.
It is important for business leaders to understand how to play an active role in the power play of politics instead of just being a bystander.
The refugee crisis puts Germany to the test. At the practical level, we have to find a fair distribution mechanism and integrate hundreds of thousands of traumatized people.