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Recent Essays

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

Finding a balance between secular education and teaching the lessons found in religion is quite difficult, as experienced by public school systems in both Germany and the U.S. In Issue Brief 27, Rolf Schieder of Humboldt University examines religious education and analyzes the German and American educational systems, focusing on the question of how to best develop religious literacy without alienating any of the wide range of interested parties in this debate.

This edited volume is the culmination of an AICGS project examining perceptions of religious pluralism and religious fundamentalism in the United States and Germany, generously funded by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology…

In foreign and domestic policy, the United States and Germany would appear to be drifting further apart. Despite their continuing economic interdependence, the rancorous transatlantic policy debates over such diverse issues as the Iraq war, the Kyoto Protocol and global climate change, UN reform, or the U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo have fueled a sense of mutual alienation, prompting observers on both sides of the Atlantic to wonder whether the United States and Europe continue to constitute a “community of values.”…