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From Bonn to Berlin: Seventy Years of the FRG

When I first visited Bonn in 1973, I had just read John le Carré’s “A Small Town in Germany.” Bonn was as he described it—a comfortable low-key atmosphere vastly different …

One Year GDPR: What Comes Next?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on May 25, 2018. Many EU and U.S. businesses rushed to take measures to comply with the new requirements. The GDPR …

The Changing Political Party Landscape in Germany

At first blush, Germany’s political­ party system appears surprisingly stable, at least when compared with dramatically shifting systems in other European countries. For example, Germany is certainly not France, where …

Welcoming Communities, Embracing Diversity – A Transatlantic Motto

Dallas, TX, Fayetteville, AR, and Nuremberg, Germany all have something in common: They have been developing a plan to welcome newcomers in their midst. What drives these initiatives? Economic growth …

Beverly Crawford, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Beverly Crawford as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from mid-April to mid-June 2019. Beverly Crawford is Professor emerita of Political Science and Political Economy at the University …

Germany: Hegemon or Free Rider?

Germany has been the most pro-European of all the big players within the EU.  Europe’s largest country in terms of population and economic weight, Germany has always been reluctant to …

EU Cohesion Monitor 2019: The untold story of European resilience

The dominant narrative about the European Union over recent years has been one of fragmentation. Indeed, there are visible signs of a union struggling to mobilise collective action – on …

Politologe zum Mueller-Bericht” „Dieser Kampf ist noch nicht ganz vorbei“

AICGS President Emeritus Jack Janes discusses the release of the Mueller Report with Tobias Armbrüster on Deutschlandfunk. From Dlf: US-Präsident Donald Trump sieht sich durch den Bericht von Sonderermittler Robert …

Gut aufgestellt? Trump und seine Herausforderer

AICGS President Emeritus Jack Janes discusses the upcoming 2020 presidential election on this episode of Der Tag podcast from HR2. From HR2: Ob wohl eine Frau die größte Chance hätte, …

Necessary but Hardly Sufficient: Assessing a Century of Women’s Suffrage in Germany and the United States

Long before feminists began lobbying for affirmative action, gender mainstreaming, and quotas, suffragettes around the world presumed that the formula “add women, voting rights, and stir” would quickly transform their …

Where the Truth Lies – News in the Era of Social Media and “the Economy of Attention”

“The more [people] are instructed, the less liable they are to the delusions of enthusiasm and superstition, which, among ignorant nations, frequently occasion the most dreadful disorders.” – Adam Smith …

Tackling Disinformation the European Way

Between May 23 and 26, 2019, more than 300 million voters will take to the ballot boxes across twenty-seven European nations, and, in doing so, will participate in one of …