Founding and Background Since October 20, 2014, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident (PEGIDA, Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes) has organized weekly Monday demonstrations or evening walks in Dresden against the Islamization of the West, in particular Germany. Several thousand people have followed the call and taken to the streets, mostly …Read More

The recent vote by workers in a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to decline representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW) highlights the differences in labor policies between the United States and Germany. With American union membership on the decline, this was the first time that the UAW attempted to represent workers in a …Read More

Basic facts about PRISM PRISM is a National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program that has existed since 2007 when then-President George W. Bush signed the Protect America Act. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) oversees PRISM in accordance with Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). PRISM is said to obtain private communications …Read More

The ongoing debate about cyber security and its implications for privacy has once again exposed major cultural and legal differences between the United States and Germany. The interplay between German society’s demand for privacy and the state’s implementation of legal structures ensuring its protection has developed throughout a long period of challenges and adjustments marked …Read More

Gun control is once again an important topic of conversation in the U.S. after the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, with calls for further reforms. Past experience has shown that renewed efforts to promote gun control reform tend to occur as a result of an attack, so it is not surprising that lawmakers are investigating …Read More

Sebastian Beckmann explains the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on health care in the United States.

With campaigns in full swing leading up to the U.S. presidential election in November of this year, the issue of birth control and abortion has generated substantial debate on both sides of the political spectrum. Though the laws and views of the U.S. on this sensitive subject have been brought to the forefront, the stance of other countries tends to be left out. In this AICGS Spotlight, Susanne Dieper explains the laws surrounding birth control and abortion in Germany, including a brief history on how these laws have evolved.

Before American voters take to the polls on November 6, they will first narrow the field of candidates in a series of primaries, caucuses, and elections held in each of the 50 states. Primary A primary election is an election organized by the main political parties of each state and is intended to select the …Read More

In this AICGS Spotlight, Kirsten Verclas, Senior Project Manager at AICGS explains the office of the President of the the Federal Republic of Germany. She also presents the current German President and the scandal that currently surrounds him.

While the aviation sector had been exempt from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), in January 2012 the EU ETS will be expanded to fully include international flights arriving at or departing from an EU airport. This AICGS Spotlight provides background information on the issue, implications for Germany, the United States, and transatlantic relations as well as potential future development.