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A Month to Go: The Lull before the German Elections

With only slightly more than a month left before Germans go to the polls to elect a new Bundestag, the mood across Europe seems to be shifting from decidedly gloomy …

Yellen-Merkel: A Possible Tandem of Powerful Women

Frequent AICGS participant and Director, Co-chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institution Forum (OMFIF), David Marsh recently detailed prospects for strong female leadership in the German chancellory and U.S. …

A Man of Dual-Morals, President Barack Obama

In his recent front-page article in German in der Tagesspiegel, frequent AICGS participant, Prof. Dr. Christian Hacke, evaluates President Barack Obama’s hawkish leadership in American security policy, posture, and relationship …

Dishonest Accusations: Dr. Jackson Janes on the NSA Scandal

Featured today on Stern Magazine’s website, AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes’ article, titled “Eure Anfeindungen sind verlogen” (Translated: “Your Accusations are Dishonest”), challenges German reactions to the revelations of NSA …

Attempt at a “Youth Guarantee”

Improving youth unemployment has always been a priority for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration. On July 3, 2013, the Chancellor called a summit with 18 fellow European leaders and 28 …

A Summer of Anxious Anticipation in the Euro Zone

Frequent contributor and participant at AICGS, Dr. Jacob Kirkegaard recently detailed his analysis of summer developments in the euro zone crisis. Connecting developments as diverse as German politicians’ pre- and …

Who’s Afraid of GMOs?: Understanding the Differences in the Regulation of GMOs in the United States and European Union

Regulatory and perceptual considerations of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) divide the United States and European Union; these transatlantic differences, and the series of festering trade disputes they have caused, now …

Has Angela Merkel “Paralyzed German Politics”?

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 …

Private Health Care Insurance: Accessibility and Efficiency in the U.S. and Germany

Different Systems, Similar Debates Despite different health care systems in Germany and the U.S., similar debates and health policy questions can be identified in both countries. Some common issues are …

The Debate over Betreuungsgeld

Viewed narrowly, the passage of Betreuungsgeld demonstrated the power of a small but determined party in a coalition government; it is a bit harder to determine its meaning for German family policy more generally. Considering Germany’s belated commitment to making adequate numbers of child care places available, does Betreuungsgeld simply represent the dying gasp of a deeply conservative strand of German family policy, one that has sought to maintain a housewife role for women since the early days of the Federal Republic?