June 17, 2016 will mark the 25th anniversary of the German-Polish “Treaty of Good Neighborhood and Friendly Cooperation,”[1] in which both parties expressed the will to close a painful chapter of their history and to contribute to peace in Europe through bilateral reconciliation efforts. In the autumn of 2015, celebrations took place on the both …Read More

The year 2016 has been characterized by growing uncertainty about the strength of the global economy: uncertainty about the ability of emerging markets—and especially China—to successfully address cyclical and structural weaknesses in their economies; uncertainty about the impact of the slowdown on advanced economies, namely the United States and Europe; and uncertainty about the impact …Read More

Foreign policy issues are usually not the driving force behind election campaigns. Compared with the high-pitched debate over domestic issues, only the most pressing foreign policy concerns become part of the public discussion. Yet the upcoming U.S. elections in November will have an impact around the globe. This will be reflected in the decisions made that affect not only the United States, but …Read More

The massive influx of refugees to Europe during the past year has prioritized issues of integration and immigration on the German political agenda and has resulted in a heated public debate. This refugee debate is deeply shaped by economic, security, and cultural issues. This includes concerns about the costs of immigration and by the question …Read More

This Issue Brief is the result of a conference co-hosted by AICGS, the Center for International Security and Governance (CISG), and the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre Praktischer Politik (BAPP) in Bonn in November 2015, entitled “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: European and American Perspectives.” The possibility of a transatlantic trade agreement has …Read More

For most Germans, renting their homes is nothing unusual. The country has developed an affordable, well-functioning rental market and a longstanding reputation as a nation of renters, as the rate of homeownership has remained stubbornly low (43 percent in 2013) when compared with the U.S. (65 percent in 2013).[1] The story often told is that …Read More

Germany is in the midst of a heated discussion: Are refugees a burden or a blessing for the German labor market? Supporters of the “blessing” camp argue the country’s aging society is in urgent need of young workers to make up for millions of retiring Germans. Around one third of the 1 million migrants and …Read More

AICGS is pleased to present four essays that were inspired by an international conference held in Berlin in October 2015: “Dealing with the Past in Spaces, Places, Actions, and Institutions of Memory: A Comparative Reflection on European Experiences.”  The ideas elaborated in the essays are the authors’ own and are not a representation of the …Read More

Last Sunday, three German Bundesländer—Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saxony-Anhalt—held their state elections. The federal states themselves are very diverse. The first is one of Germany’s most industrialized powerhouses and governed by a coalition led by the Green Party under Winfried Kretschmann; the second is a very rural Bundesland with a Social Democratic minister-president, Malu Dreyer; and …Read More

Germany has been widely perceived as calling the shots in European crisis management efforts in Ukraine. Some observers argued that Germany has taken on a leadership role not only in Europe, but also for the West in general, with the United States “outsourcing” the conflict management to Berlin.[1] Not without reason has Angela Merkel been …Read More

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