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 for the future …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.

There is a well-known German slogan about the fate of those seeking re-election these days: ‘wer regiert, verliert.’ An American translation − voters are restless, rebellious, and ready to blame and replace those in office for their troubles. Angela Merkel may be comfortably coasting along as a most popular chancellor, but both her party and …Read More

Please join AICGS on Friday, May 18, 2012, for a lunchtime seminar with Dr. Dirk Göpffarth, DAAD/AICGS Fellow, on “A Comparison of German and American Health Care Systems.” The discussion will take place at 12pm at the Equality Forum in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, located on 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. A light luncheon will be served.

With aging populations and rising costs, health care provision is a concern for societies on both sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S., the Affordable Care Act just passed its first anniversary. Once signed into law in March 2010, the act became one of the largest reforms of the U.S. health care system, aiming at …Read More

In an interesting article in the Washington Post, Michael Birnbaum outlines how Germany’s participation in the war in Afghanistan has given rise to discussions how the country is treating homecoming soldiers. While Germany’s history gives this question a unique dimension, echos of the debate about the treatment of soldiers returning with PTSD can also be …Read More

On Wednesday, May 3, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted a discussion with Reinhard Bütikofer, a German Member of the European Parliament, and Nicolas Véron, a French economist currently serving as a Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, moderated by Alexander Privitera, AICGS Senior Fellow. In their discussion, Mr. Bütikofer and Mr. Véron operated under the likely assumption that Socialist party candidate, Francois Hollande, will oust incumbent candidate, Nicolas Sarkozy, from office as they discussed potential international implications of presidential run-off elections in France on Sunday, May 5.

Navigating the health care debate can be challenging in any language. Refer to this glossary of German health care terms for additional information.

Navigating the health care debate can be challenging in any language. Refer to this glossary of U.S. health care terms for additional information.

Health care policy experts in Germany are discussing a bizarre problem: What to do with €20 billion of accumulated reserves in the Statutory Health Insurance System? Of course, the availability of money creates the usual suggestions. Providers want their share of the cake through higher payments—for example, the chairman of the National Association of Panel …Read More

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