Germans are known for wanting order around them—it’s understandable, given past centuries of disorder. But since its inception in 1949, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany has been an illustration of stability. Over the past nearly 70 years, eight chancellors have governed Germany and the transfer of power has been relatively seamless from …Read More

The collapse of the talks to form a new German government following the election of seven parties (counting the Bavarian CSU as a party separate from the CDU) to the Bundestag opens up the prospect of Germany returning to the conditions which led to the collapse of the Weimar Republic in 1933. Like Weimar, the …Read More

Scroll down to read the full commentary in German. As something of an exotic combination, a Jamaica coalition (CDU-CSU-FDP-Greens) could have the potential to staunch the chorus of outrage coming from all corners directed at the established regime in Berlin. While security is a unifying concept for the members of the coalition, all four parties …Read More

Germany has always been about more than itself. Given its geographical position in the middle of Europe, Germany’s role, its power, and its influence on its neighbors over many centuries has been of importance to Germans and non-Germans alike.

Germany’s election on September 24 will likely bring a new political party to the Bundestag: the Alternative for Germany (AfD). Five years after the party’s emergence, the AfD calls itself an “alternative” for German voters. In reality, it is less an alternative than an “anti-party,” representing the backlash from voters who are energized primarily by …Read More

Working for reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians is arduous but rewarding—it keeps providing glimmers of hope in a situation that often seems beyond hopeless politically, motivating us to persevere. But how can it be done? Friendship Across Borders works for reconciliation in small groups of Israelis, Palestinians, and Germans in intensive seminars that try …Read More

As host of this year’s G20 summit, Hamburg swelled with world leaders and their entourages. It was an opportunity to show off Germany’s second-largest city to the global public. The G20, however, attracted more than heads of state. Thousands of protestors converged on the city to voice opposition to capitalism and globalization. The scale of …Read More

Kenton Card

Kenton Card was  a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow at AICGS in July and August 2017, and a PhD Student in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA he is also an advisor to the Institute on Inequality and Democracy and an Editor of Critical Planning Journal. Kenton has taught …Read More

Germany’s summer vacation is about to be in full force and, with it, the so-called summer hole (Sommerloch). It’s often a silly time in the news, but is also a temporary respite before the political headwinds get stronger in the remaining eight weeks before the national elections on September 24. Chancellor Merkel may be going …Read More

For both Germany and the United States, China has become a foreign policy priority: a major strategic competitor in the Asia-Pacific region for the United States, and a willing partner on the topic of trade, technological development, and climate change for Germany. For the next two years, the United States and Europe will be in …Read More

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