In October 2013, Minister President and leader of the Greens in Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, gave an outline of his understanding of freedom of religion and the relationship between state, churches, and other religious organizations and coined the term “active freedom of religion.” While “positive freedom of religion” guarantees individual and collective free exercise of religion, …Read More

Imagine walking into a hardware store and asking the manager for the most effective fertilizer for a garden or lawn care. “Use GroKo,” he might recommend. “It is an all-purpose formula. Covers everything.” Short for Große Koalition/Grand Coalition, in this analogy, GroKo is the policy formula forged in the recently completed coalition agreement to govern …Read More

Watch these clips from this panel from the AICGS Annual Symposium: Top of the Agenda: What Concerns Millennials? (2:44) Will Millennials Breath Life into Transatlantacism? (3:06)  A Perfect Generational Storm: U.S. Millennials Are Political Characters (3:45)  The Digital Divide in Tübingen (1:54) The “Millennial Generation,” those born between approximately the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s, is …Read More

Arguing that Millennials are politically far different from their parents, Pia Bungarten of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s Washington, DC Office provides her perspective on the recent German elections and, in addition to a broad analysis of Millennials’ impact, focuses on the center-left. This speech was presented at the recent event “Values, Challenges, and Opportunities for …Read More

The Chain Gang formed in 1999, when all the band members were IBM employees and part of the Integrated Supply Chain organization. Thus, the band was fitting for the 19th Annual Global Leadership Award Dinner (GLAD), honoring Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM. Playing their specialty, popular tunes from the 50s to …Read More

The U.S. elections in 2012 and the German elections in 2013 demonstrate that, despite their geographic distance, the two countries are confronted by both similar and shared problems: debt crises, unemployment, instability in the Middle East, immigration, energy security, education, and counter-terrorism efforts, to name only a few. National elections offer an opportunity to engage …Read More

With a gain of 7.7 percent or roughly four million electoral votes[1] in the recent federal elections, the German Christian Conservatives brought in the best results since 1990. That success has a name: Angela Merkel. One of the most popular chancellors Germany has ever had, she earned her party an outstanding victory with a result …Read More

As negotiations to form a grand coalition move forward, reflecting on the results of the German election reveal big winners, losers, and the outlook for the coming years of German politics. A frequent AICGS contributor, Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger is the Foreign Editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

On November 19, 2013, AICGS hosted a workshop on “Values, Challenges, and Opportunities for a New Political Generation in Germany and the U.S.” with the support of the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funds from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

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

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