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Values & Preferences of the New Political Generation: Reflections on the Center-Left

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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,… Read more >

Parteienwettbewerb im Wahljahr 2013

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Was ist am Herbst 2013 besonders interessant? Dass wir am 22. September den Bundestag und den Landtag von Hessen wählen und am 15. September den Landtag in Bayern. Bei beiden Terminen sind Änderungen in der Regierung nicht ausgeschlossen. Ein völliger Machtwechsel ist allerdings nur in Hessen im Bereich des

Party Politics in the 2013 Election

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What is especially interesting about fall 2013? We are going to elect the German Bundestag and state parliament of Hessen on September 22, and the state parliament of Bavaria on September 15. For both dates, one cannot rule out changes in government, though a complete change of power is

A Century and a Half of the Social Democratic Party in Germany

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The 150th anniversary of the Social Democratic Party was marked this week by a gathering of SPD leadership in Leipzig. Germany’s oldest political party reflected on its roots as a movement that began with a commitment reflected in the name of the SPD’s first formation in 1863: the Allgemeinen Deutschen Arbeiterverein (General… Read more >

Nach den Landtagswahlen in Schleswig-Holstein und Nordrhein-Westfalen: Was bedeuten die Ergebnisse für die Bundespolitik?

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Im Kanzleramt in Berlin ist man bemüht, die Bedeutung der beiden Landtagswahlen am letzten und vorletzten Sonntag herunterzuspielen. Die Ergebnisse gefallen der Union nicht, verständlicherweise. Aber natürlich haben die Resultate von Landtagswahlen generell und besonders wenn das größte Bundesland gewählt hat und so vieles passiert auch immer Einfluss auf die Politik im… Read more >

Implications of the 2012 Election Results in North Rhine-Westphalia for the German Party System and the 2013 National Elections

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North Rhine-Westphalia is a bellwether state for the Federal Republic of Germany and once again electoral results here seem to represent a new national trend. After less than two years as a minority government, the SPD-Green coalition under the leadership of Hannelore Kraft won the absolute majority of seats in the state… Read more >

Political Weather Vanes: Germany’s Regional Elections

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In this At Issue, Executive Director Jack Janes examines the results of the May 6 elections in Schleswig-Holstein, the upcoming elections in NRW on May 13, and the significance of regional elections as barometers of Germany’s changing political weather.

Merkel’s Melting Majority

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There is a well-known German slogan about the fate of those seeking re-election these days: ‘wer regiert, verliert.’ An American translation − voters are restless, rebellious, and ready to blame and replace those in office for their troubles. Angela Merkel may be comfortably coasting along as a most popular chancellor, but both… Read more >

Maß und Mitte: Mitte links

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Niels Annen is an analyst at the International Policy Analysis Unit of the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and a member of the SPD national executive board. Schon bevor die nordrhein-westfälische Ministerpräsidentin Hannelore Kraft den Bundesparteitag der SPD in Berlin eröffnete, konnte sich die Parteiführung über neu gewecktes Interesse freuen, über 9000 Interessierte und eine… Read more >

SPD – Back to the Future with Helmut Schmidt

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Elmar Sulk, Senior Strategist at Lincoln Park – Public Relations, analyzes last week’s SPD party convention, including the impassioned speech by former chancellor Helmut Schmidt. According to Mr. Sulk, with the FDP reeling in polls throughout Germany, the SPD may once again be a part of Germany’s governing coalition in 2013 – with a little help from the former “party heroes”.

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