Domestic Policy


Crafting a Coalition: The Options in Berlin

The results of the September 24 elections—losses by centrist parties and gains by a strong new far-right party—and the subsequent inability of party leaders to forge a coalition in Berlin should be a wakeup call for German politicians of all stripes. 

Merkel’s Troubles May Spell Trouble for All of Europe

Featuring Jack Janes via The New York Times on November 21, 2017.

Risky Bets in Berlin 

Germans are known for wanting order around them—it’s understandable, given past centuries of disorder. But since its inception in 1949, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany has been …

Is Berlin Becoming Weimar?

The collapse of the talks to form a new German government following the election of seven parties (counting the Bavarian CSU as a party separate from the CDU) to the …

Merkel favors snap election

Featuring Jack Janes via Handelsblatt Global on November 20, 2017.

Merkel’s fourth term in doubt after German coalition talks collapse

Featuring Jack Janes via CNBC on November 19, 2017.

1 Jahr Trump: Wie lange noch?

Featuring Jack Janes via BILD on November 9, 2017.

Strengthening Transatlantic Ties on Digital Topics: Quick transatlantic wins in times of political uncertainty

It is beyond doubt that transatlantic relations are not in their best condition, in particular traditional areas of cooperation such as trade or security and defense. There is no real …

Who Belongs to the “We”? Ideas for a Jamaica Coalition

Scroll down to read the full commentary in German. As something of an exotic combination, a Jamaica coalition (CDU-CSU-FDP-Greens) could have the potential to staunch the chorus of outrage coming …

Why Austria Voted the Way It Did

The election Sunday was a relatively simple one. Voters chose Sebastian Kurz and his People’s Party (ÖVP) and the more right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) because they are worried about immigration …

Austria, Europe’s un-Bellwether Nation

For many years, the state of Maine was a reliable indicator of the U.S. political mood. So much so that the phrase “As Maine goes, so goes the nation” gained …

Sebastian Kurz to be Europe’s youngest leader as Austria swings sharply to the right

Featuring Jack Janes via the Los Angeles Times on October 15, 2017.