The German government’s decision to provide arms and military equipment to aid the Kurdish Regional Government in its fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant provides further evidence of its greater willingness to take on responsibility for international peace and security. The move will be welcomed by Germany’s allies and partners, who …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

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.

Germany’s Bundestag contains one of the largest numbers of elected officials in the world—and it is about to get even bigger. Currently housing 620 members, the size of the Bundestag is likely to grow due to the new election laws passed last year. As the laws will be in effect for the September 22 elections, …Read More

As we look to the German federal elections in 2013, AICGS’ newest publication considers three decades of a changing political landscape with the emergence of the Green Party. Andrei Markovits and Joseph Klaver examine the central issues within the party, and within German politics. The authors discuss how the Green Party built its “brand” and, …Read More

In this weeks At issue, Executive Director Jack Janes looks at Chancellor Merkel’s struggle to sustain political support for the increasingly complicated agenda of the euro zone, as well as the interests and actors shaping the battle lines.

There is an expression in German soccer that says: after the game is before the game. You may have won or lost one game but the next one is fast approaching, sometimes with little time to prepare…the German Bundestag was an important “game” for the Chancellor to prove that she has sufficient support to push her agenda forward.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s announcement on May 22, 2005 of early national parliamentary elections took many Europeans by surprise…

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