Will the FDP be returning to the stage of national government after the German elections next month? Maybe. Current polls suggest the Free Democratic Party (FDP) could be the coalition partner to a reelected Chancellor Merkel and the CDU/CSU, resuming a role that it played for decades. The question is whether the FDP can pull it …Read More

Over the next eight weeks Germans will be thinking about who they prefer to run their government when they vote on 22 September. Most polls today suggest that Angela Merkel will get a third term in office as Chancellor. The remaining question is which partner she will have in a coalition government. Her current partner, …Read More

In light of the upcoming federal elections, recent articles have characterized German chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership as paralyzing to German politics. Discussions on her strategy of “asymmetric demobilization” have resurfaced during this election campaign. How Merkel has dealt with present issues affecting Germany and the European Union met with quite a lot of criticism from …Read More

On February 12, 2013, AICGS hosted a seminar entitled “A Lost Year? The Relevance of the German Elections on European Stability” with Dr. Sebasian Dullien, a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and Professor of International Economics at HTW, Berlin, the University of Applied Sciences. Dr. Dullien discussed Europe’s current financial status and projected its impact on the upcoming September German elections. He expressed cautious optimism toward Germany’s GDP growth in 2013 and predicted a CDU-SPD Grand Coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm.

On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, AICGS hosted a discussion with Dr. Michael Inacker, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Handelsblatt (a leading German language business newspaper). The discussion focused on developments in German politics and the economic outlook for the transatlantic relationship in 2013.

Changing party dynamics will be at play in the run-up to the 2013 German parliamentary elections.

In his piece “Pirates’ Strong Showing in Berlin Elections Surprises Even Them” from the New York Times, frequent AICGS contributor Nicholas Kulish examines the rise of the Pirate Party to their first ever seats in a state Parliament and asks whether they should be taken seriously.

Jede Wahl in Deutschland hat ihren Reiz (nicht nur für Wahlforscher) und die Wahl in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern war natürlich eine wichtige Abstimmung der Bürger über ihre Landesregierung und das dortige politische Personal. Aber es ist sehr schwierig, gute Gründe dafür zu finden, warum die Ergebnisse dieser Wahl für die anstehenden wichtigen Entscheidungen auf Bundesebene im Hinblick auf die Finanz- und Europakrise einen Einfluss haben sollten.