Political priorities are shaped not only by social and economic issues, but also the global arena. Balancing domestic priorities and foreign policy demands will continue to drive the discourse between the White House and Congress as well as those of the Chancellery and the Bundestag. Understanding the political landscape is essential to maintaining German-American cooperation, and making sure the partnership can adjust to new challenges.

Germany is at a crossroads: become the Continent’s leader or be seen as the neighborhood bully. In a stroke of national fortune, it is about to install, as its next president, a man known more for his integrity and moral leadership than for his political acumen, a man who can help make sure his country follows the first course.

In this At Issue, Executive Director Jack Janes examines the election – whether at local, regional, or federal levels – as a cornerstone of a successful modern day democracy.

The controversy surrounding the next German federal president shows that more is at play in German politics than traditional power brokering.

Elected government leaders at any level of government are always expected to give speeches; most enjoy the chance to be on stage. With their speeches, national leaders are given roles as agenda-setters as well as policymakers. In Germany and in other European parliamentary systems, the chancellor, prime minister, or president carries the responsibility of persuading …Read More

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 At Issue, Executive Director Jack Janes looks at the scandal surrounding Germany’s President Christian Wulff. While many are asking for the President to step down, according to Dr. Janes, Mr. Wulff can continue to hold office.

Dr. Rana Deep Islam works as a project manager at Stiftung Mercator, one of the largest private foundations in Germany. He primarily covers its European activities. Dr. Islam holds an MA from the College of Europe in Bruges and a PhD from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Before joining Stiftung Mercator, he worked at the School …Read More

Dr. A. James McAdams is a faculty member in the Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame, where he is the William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs. He also directs the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.  His primary fields of research and teaching are in comparative and international politics, and political history.  He is a fellow …Read More

Bernhard Maleck has been teaching at IES Abroad Berlin since 1995. Previously, he has taught at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Johns Hopkins University, and was the recipient of a Fellowship for research at the John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He also served as Academic Advisor for …Read More

Jan Techau is director of Carnegie Europe, the European centre of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Techau is a noted expert on EU integration and foreign policy, transatlantic affairs, and German foreign and security policy. Prior to his appointment, Techau served at the NATO Defense College’s Research Division from February 2010 until March 2011. …Read More

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