Member of German Parliament (CDU) Andreas Schockenhoff emphasizes that we can expect continuity in the Grand Coalition’s foreign affairs. He also notes the Ukraine’s independence from Russian pressure tactics and the crucial importance of resolving the NSA scandal in this interview.
Introduction: Digitization as Political Challenge As Tessier Stall notes, “[c]yberspace is both the playground and the battleground of the future.” Digitization is a great opportunity for society and modern information and communication technologies are already shaping our everyday life in a substantial way. Still, advancements in information and communication technologies and their… Read more >
In October 2013, Minister President and leader of the Greens in Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, gave an outline of his understanding of freedom of religion and the relationship between state, churches, and other religious organizations and coined the term “active freedom of religion.” While “positive freedom of religion” guarantees individual and collective free… Read more >
Criticism of German domestic economic policy has reached unprecedented intensity in recent weeks. The United States Department of Treasury and the European Commission have both called out Germany for its substantial current account surpluses and asked German policymakers to take steps to restore balance. Superficial commentary has explained Germany’s large surplus as… Read more >
Cutting across policy areas, energy security decision-making has become a necessity in the twenty-first century. Having important consequences for climate and space policy, domestic and transatlantic debates over energy policy include inherent risks that have eluded international efforts. In Energy and Security Risks: A Transatlantic Comparison, the authors address these intertwined consequences… Read more >
Julia Lange is a PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg, Germany and a Visiting Fellow at AICGS from November 2013 to March 2014. In her dissertation, supervised by Prof. Dr. Susanne Rohr, she examines the interrelation between the politics of memory of German-American institutions and the Holocaust discourse on both sides… Read more >
Germany has become Europe’s industrial powerhouse. It is the region’s leading exporter and sets the tone for economic policy in the euro zone. The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) is pleased to invite you to a workshop to examine both the successes and vulnerabilities of the country’s economic model, including the framework of the German industrial relations system, its actors, and the effects of the current German trade surplus on relations with the U.S. and other European currencies.