With elections in Lower Saxony approaching on January 20th, Germany’s political parties will be looking towards the results as a gauge for what could be expected when all Germans take to the polls in national elections later this year. One party that is going to keep a very close eye on the… Read more >
The upcoming state election in Lower Saxony on January 20 is the opening note of Germany’s political campaign year. Each of the political parties are positioning themselves to interpret the results—whatever they may be—to shape the core of their campaigns over the next eight months. Although Chancellor Angela Merkel enjoys high levels… Read more >
On June 18, Philipp Rösler, Chairman of the FDP and German Minister of Economics and Technology, opened a visit to Washington, DC, with a speech on the three issues at the core of the future of the transatlantic relationship: the ongoing European debt crisis, trade policy, and, perhaps surprisingly, energy policy. While… Read more >
Implications of the 2012 Election Results in North Rhine-Westphalia for the German Party System and the 2013 National Elections
North Rhine-Westphalia is a bellwether state for the Federal Republic of Germany and once again electoral results here seem to represent a new national trend. After less than two years as a minority government, the SPD-Green coalition under the leadership of Hannelore Kraft won the absolute majority of seats in the state… Read more >
In this latest installment of the AICGS At Issue Interview Series, AICGS Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera sat down with Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt, member of the German Bundestag and Free Democratic Party (FDP), to discuss the current political landscape in Germany and the rest of the euro zone and what it could mean… Read more >
In this At Issue, Executive Director Jack Janes examines the results of the May 6 elections in Schleswig-Holstein, the upcoming elections in NRW on May 13, and the significance of regional elections as barometers of Germany’s changing political weather.
Germany’s next regional election in Schleswig Holstein on May 6 is like the weather on the northern German coasts: quick to change and unpredictable. There are multiple political equations possible to form the government of a state with less than three million people. But a good part of the focus of attention… Read more >
At their party convention this past weekend, Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP) made one thing clear: they intend to push forward in the face of mounting criticism. In his essay Stand Up and Fight is the Message Philipp Rösler Sent from Frankfurt, Dr. Tim Stuchtey, Managing Director of the Brandenburgisches Institut für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit (BIGS) and Director of the Business & Economics Program at AICGS, examines what was covered at the convention, as well as the remarks made by FDP Chairman Philipp Rösler.
In his essay The FDP – Will Germany Have a Nationwide CSU at Last?, Stephan G. Richter, Chief Editor of The Globalist and frequent participant at AICGS events, offers his assessment of how he sees the FDP having regressed from the party’s core principles and what this could mean for its future.