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Access to Quality Vocational Training in the U.S.

In the United States, Congress is looking for ways to develop vocational training and make it a more viable postsecondary school choice. While vocational training currently is decentralized, the federal …

Germany Combats Youth Unemployment with Vocational Training

In Germany, the unemployment rate today is lower than it was at the beginning of the recession in 2008. The country has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the …

Mißfelder Named Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation

This week, CDU politician Philipp Mißfelder was named Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation in the Field of Intersocietal Relations, Cultural and Information Policy, a position within the Federal Foreign Office. Taking …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Holding the Shop Together

We have recently added a new valuable study to our bookshelf: Holding the Shop Together (Cornell University Press, 2013) is a study on German industrial relations in the postwar era …

Does Germany’s Step to the Left Sacrifice the Economy?

Arguing in Forbes that the Free Democratic Party’s exit from the Bundestag spells stagnation for the German and European economies, Doug Bandow details the FDP’s long slide to missing the …

GroKo: A Coalition for Continuity or Change?

Imagine walking into a hardware store and asking the manager for the most effective fertilizer for a garden or lawn care. “Use GroKo,” he might recommend. “It is an all-purpose …

Shaping Transatlantic Solutions: Challenges of the 2012 and 2013 Elections

The U.S. elections in 2012 and the German elections in 2013 demonstrate that, despite their geographic distance, the two countries are confronted by both similar and shared problems: debt crises, …

Once Upon a Time, It Was a Man’s World: Women in Conservative Parties in Germany and the U.S.

With a gain of 7.7 percent or roughly four million electoral votes[1] in the recent federal elections, the German Christian Conservatives brought in the best results since 1990. That success …

The 5 Percent Hurdle: Outdated or Necessary?

The results of the German election on September 22, 2013 showed the highest number of wasted votes since 1949, despite a total increase in voter participation from the previous election. …

More In-Depth on the Green Party and 2013 Election

Writing in German for regierungsforschung.de, AICGS Fellow Dr. Andreas Blätte provides an in-depth analysis of the Green Party and the 2013 election. After their disappointing results in the 2013 Bundestag …

How Long Will the Center Hold in Germany?

Germany’s party system is on the cusp of something. The big question is whether that something might be erosion of the stable political center that the country has enjoyed over …

Learn to Live With Germany

Calls for “European solidarity” will not phase post-election Germany. Writing for the Carnegie Europe blog  “Strategic Europe,” former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and AICGS Trustee John Kornblum recalls the effect …