Following the European Union elections, the main conclusion seems to be that bashing Brussels is a mobilizing force on both the left and the right and that national governments around the continent are in for even more turbulent times. That limits expectations for a more coherent, proactive, and integrated EU in the next few years. …Read More

After India, the European Union is the second largest democracy in the world, with 400 million people entitled to vote. While India just finished its several-weeks-long election process, many Europeans will cast their votes on one Sunday, May 25. By all projections, around 40 percent of the electorate will actually turn out to vote in …Read More

AICGS’ conference on “EU Membership for Turkey: Endless Negotiations?” on February 7, 2014, featured panelists from Turkey, Germany, and the UK, including Ambassador Dr. Heinrich Kreft, Deputy Director General for International Academic and Educational Relations and Dialogue among Civilizations at the German Foreign Ministry. This conference was the second part of a trilateral dialogue on Turkey in cooperation with the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, and the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) in Potsdam, Germany.

After a record breaking period of coalition negotiations, Angela Merkel finally starts her third term as Chancellor this week. Her government’s success will depend on the ability of three parties – the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU), and Social Democratic Party (SPD)– to steer a course through difficult domestic political challenges, foreign …Read More

Arguing in Forbes that the Free Democratic Party’s exit from the Bundestag spells stagnation for the German and European economies, Doug Bandow details the FDP’s long slide to missing the 5 percent threshold to enter the German parliament and criticizes the Christian Democratic Union’s and Christian Social Union’s concessions to the Social Democratic Party during …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

Remarking first that the new political generation is narrowing the right-left divide, Eric Langenbacher of Georgetown University provides a detailed analysis of the September 22 German election and places special emphasis on both Millennials and the center-right. This speech was presented at the recent event “Values, Challenges, and Opportunities for a New Political Generation,” and …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

In these video clips from the AICGS Annual Symposium on November 12, 2013, panelists discuss how post-election German and American leaders will face monumental political and economic challenges.

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