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Questioning the Single-Family Home

The Greens struggle once again with the image as a party of prohibition There it is again, the old debate about the Greens as a party of prohibition. Ironically, once …

Transatlantic Convergence or Divergence? QAnon after January Twentieth

With President Donald J. Trump leaving the Oval Office, a major tenet of the QAnon movement has been proven wrong: On January twentieth, the day of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, …

Race to the East? China Revives the 17+1 Summit

Last month, Beijing suddenly announced a plan to host a digital 17+1 one summit in February, bringing its relationship with Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC or CEE) back into …

From IT Security Law 2.0 to Open RAN: Germany’s 5G Strategy Evolves beyond the Huawei Debate

On January 27, the German federal government presented the draft IT Security Act 2.0 (IT-Sicherheitsgesezt 2.0) to the German Bundestag, pushing ahead a reform that is seen by some as …

A Digital Euro and Central Bank Digital Currencies

Cryptocurrencies continued to make headlines in 2020 and early 2021. For one thing, Bitcoin rallied again in November, December, and the beginning of January, lifting its price to more than …

Tackling the Coronavirus in Germany

First and Second Wave Compared Germany has been internationally praised for its management of the first pandemic wave of Covid-19. This may make the current development in Germany with much higher …

The Rising Acceptance of Robots in Germany and Workers’ Automation Angst

A 2017 report conducted by the Nomura Research Institute indicates that Germans tend to be conservative about new technologies and see robots as emotionless mechanic helpers, mainly for industrial purposes. …

The Post-Merkel CDU

Five “C”s why Germany’s Christian Democrats are in better shape than we might think The transition away from Angela Merkel, first as party leader and, in September 2021, as chancellor, …

Armin Laschet, CDU Chairman

First Victory Opens Steeplechase to Federal Election Under normal circumstances, the election of a CDU chairman shortly before a federal election would be like the sounding of a starting gun …

The Trade Agenda for the 46th U.S. President –Advancing Global Economic Order?

As Joe Biden takes office as the 46th President of the United States the country is at a turning point in its trade policy, one where rules are likely to …

After the Capitol Siege: Politics First, Then Economics

One of the signature lines in Bertolt Brecht’s Three Penny Opera, a product of social ferment in 1920s Berlin, is “Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral.” One implication …

The CDU – Finally! – Will Choose Its New Leader

But Will the Winner Make Way for Markus Söder as Chancellor Candidate? The slow-motion departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel enters a new phase this weekend, as her Christian Democratic …