Presenting the keynote speech at AICGS’ recent workshop on Political and Societal Leadership in Encouraging Reconciliation, Markus Ingenlath discusses the experiences and best practices he has garnered from his tenure as Secretary General of the Franco German Youth Office (OFAJ/DFJW). Marking its fiftieth anniversary this year, 2013, the OFAJ/DFJW promotes intercultural understanding and personal development through organizing exchange programs …Read More

Germany has voted. The results of September 22, 2013 can be viewed as a historical event in German electoral politics. Ten points characterize this event.

Writing in German for regierungsforschung.de, AICGS Fellow Dr. Andreas Blätte provides an in-depth analysis of the Green Party and the 2013 election. After their disappointing results in the 2013 Bundestag election and ongoing leadership change, the Greens must not rule out a position in the next coalition government. Stemming from this research, Dr. Blätte’s recent …Read More

In 1970 on Sesame Street, Kermit the Frog famously sang that “it’s not easy bein’ green.” It certainly applies to the Green Party after the September 22 German federal elections. Despite hoping to attain significantly more than the last election’s 10.7 percent, the Greens actually lost 2.3 percent of the votes. Undergoing a complete change …Read More

Guido Steinberg and Nicole Renvert of the Berlin-based Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik detail the rise and  — more recently — fall of SPD transatlanticism. The NSA debate has uncovered a difficult relationship between the SPD and United States, and the party must bridge this gap to maintain the West’s cohesive partnership for future crises.

Despite her stunning victory, the outcome of the German federal elections on September 22, 2013, has left Chancellor Angela Merkel in a political conundrum. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) are too weak to form a government majority. Among the three left-oriented parties—the Social Democrats, the Greens, and the The Left—only …Read More

Germany’s election results on September 22 are having ripple effects throughout all of the political parties, and could well reshape the landscape of the Bundestag in multiple ways. The ripple is going to run for long time. The complicated process of constructing a platform for any governing coalition is going to be difficult and may …Read More

German voters favor a more consensus-oriented style of politics than voters in the United States, but it is clear that campaigning in both have become more similar in recent years. These ideas as well as the likelihood of a grand coalition, the state of transatlantic relations, and several domestic issues were the focus of the conversation on October 21, 2013 at the AICGS workshop “Elections and Party Competition in Comparison: Germany and the U.S.” The workshop was co-hosted with a group of scholars from the NRW School of Governance of the University Duisberg-Essen led by Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte, one of Germany’s leading authorities on electoral politics. Speakers from the NRW School included Andreas Blätte, Martin Florack, Frank Gadinger, and Kristina Weissenbach, and were joined by Bruce Stokes of the Pew Research Center, and Jack Janes, Gale Mattox, and Parke Nicholson from AICGS.

Several years ago on the bottom floor of a Berlin museum, I met a man who had given up on Europe. He opined about demographic decline and the failures of democracy, all while giving a group of Americans a historical tour of Germany’s rise to power. Europe was somehow doomed to be boring and lumber …Read More

The victory party at Christian Democratic Union (CDU) headquarters ― the Konrad Adenauer Haus ― was euphoric after the first projections on the evening of September 22. Angela Merkel seemed to be on the verge of equaling the accomplishment of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in 1957 ― capturing an absolute majority for her party. That she …Read More

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