June 17, 2016 will mark the 25th anniversary of the German-Polish “Treaty of Good Neighborhood and Friendly Cooperation,”[1] in which both parties expressed the will to close a painful chapter of their history and to contribute to peace in Europe through bilateral reconciliation efforts. In the autumn of 2015, celebrations took place on the both …Read More

The massive influx of refugees to Europe during the past year has prioritized issues of integration and immigration on the German political agenda and has resulted in a heated public debate. This refugee debate is deeply shaped by economic, security, and cultural issues. This includes concerns about the costs of immigration and by the question …Read More

For most Germans, renting their homes is nothing unusual. The country has developed an affordable, well-functioning rental market and a longstanding reputation as a nation of renters, as the rate of homeownership has remained stubbornly low (43 percent in 2013) when compared with the U.S. (65 percent in 2013).[1] The story often told is that …Read More

Germany is in the midst of a heated discussion: Are refugees a burden or a blessing for the German labor market? Supporters of the “blessing” camp argue the country’s aging society is in urgent need of young workers to make up for millions of retiring Germans. Around one third of the 1 million migrants and …Read More

Last Sunday, three German Bundesländer—Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saxony-Anhalt—held their state elections. The federal states themselves are very diverse. The first is one of Germany’s most industrialized powerhouses and governed by a coalition led by the Green Party under Winfried Kretschmann; the second is a very rural Bundesland with a Social Democratic minister-president, Malu Dreyer; and …Read More

Germany has been widely perceived as calling the shots in European crisis management efforts in Ukraine. Some observers argued that Germany has taken on a leadership role not only in Europe, but also for the West in general, with the United States “outsourcing” the conflict management to Berlin.[1] Not without reason has Angela Merkel been …Read More

Immigration policymaking has attracted a great deal of interest recently. Somewhat surprisingly, there is only limited political science scholarship on the role that political parties play in the process. This might be due to the lingering impression that while the politics of immigration are often colorful, contested, and confrontational, the policymaking process is much more …Read More

Introduction In 2011, EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht stated that “America and Europe may often bicker, but in the end we know we are each other’s partner of choice.” The same is often applied to the German-American relationship. We take it for granted just as much as we take our knowledge of each other—our …Read More

Introduction In “Why Islam is Like Spanish: Cultural Incorporation in Europe and the United States,” Aristide Zolberg and Long Litt Woon argue that Islam and Spanish pose cultural threats to the privileged positions of Christianity and English in Western European states and the U.S., respectively.[1] This rests on the notion that Western European states are …Read More

As Germany commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the Holocaust, we have an opportunity to reflect on life in the immediate postwar period for the youngest victims: Jewish displaced children. This essay is one example of a growing contingent of young German historians and social scientists who focus on …Read More

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