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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The 5 Percent Hurdle: Outdated or Necessary?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 …

Merkel’s Victory for the Transatlantic Economy

Sometimes, the absence of something proves its existence.  That was certainly the case with the importance of transatlantic relations for Germany’s economic interests during the recent election campaign that returned …

The Virtual Absence of Germany’s Concrete Effects on Europe in the Current Campaign for the Bundestag

In the final lead-up to the German elections on September 22, Andrei Markovits and Joesph Klaver look at how Europe features in the campaign.  Although Germany wields immense economic power …

Germany: Reluctant Leader and Indispensable Power

In this article in the Globalist, co-author of AICGS German-American Issues 12 Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel outlines Germany’s post-election future in the euro zone, broader foreign policy, and leadership in the …

Is Angela Merkel Too Boring for Germany?

In this op-ed, Süddeutsche Zeitung Foreign Editor Stefan Kornelius highlights Chancellor Angela Merkel’s methodical leadership style as a paradox. This style makes her a capable crisis-manager, but also a poor …

Germany’s Sleepy but Significant Election

In this recent essay, frequent AICGS contributor and Peterson Institute for International Economics Senior Fellow Dr. Jacob Funk Kirkegaard highlights the general consensus on economic policy issues that matter to …

A Battle Over Who Will Rule with Merkel

David Marsh, frequent AICGS participant and Director and Co-chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), writes that the remaining week of Bundestag election campaigning will decide between …

A Paean to Boredom: Speculations on the Outcome of the Bundestag Election

Writing on the post-electoral scramble to form a governing coalition in the Huffington Post on September 9, Dr. Andrei Markovits and Joseph Klaver find this year’s election process “another boring ingredient …