AICGS

Domestic Policy

A variety of reasons, including demographic change, global migration patterns, economic hardship, and climate change, demand that both Germany and the U.S. craft domestic policies that effectively address their populations’ concerns. This imperative is also seen in the political sphere, as voters make their voices heard in state, federal, and supranational elections.
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Episode 38: Lessons for Dealing with Right-Wing Extremism in the United States and Germany

Right-wing extremism has been on the rise around the world. The January 6, 2021 insurrection that attached the U.S. capital and the August 2020 protest in Berlin which breached the …

From IT Security Law 2.0 to Open RAN: Germany’s 5G Strategy Evolves beyond the Huawei Debate

On January 27, the German federal government presented the draft IT Security Act 2.0 (IT-Sicherheitsgesezt 2.0) to the German Bundestag, pushing ahead a reform that is seen by some as …

Tackling the Coronavirus in Germany

First and Second Wave Compared Germany has been internationally praised for its management of the first pandemic wave of Covid-19. This may make the current development in Germany with much higher …

The Rising Acceptance of Robots in Germany and Workers’ Automation Angst

A 2017 report conducted by the Nomura Research Institute indicates that Germans tend to be conservative about new technologies and see robots as emotionless mechanic helpers, mainly for industrial purposes. …

Jeff Rathke Interviewed by Norddeutscher Rundfunk about First Days of Biden Presidency

AICGS President Jeff Rathke recently called in to “Themen des Tages,” (Topics of the Day) a daily news show from German public radio station Norddeutscher Rundfunk, to discuss the first …

The Post-Merkel CDU

Five “C”s why Germany’s Christian Democrats are in better shape than we might think The transition away from Angela Merkel, first as party leader and, in September 2021, as chancellor, …

Armin Laschet, CDU Chairman

First Victory Opens Steeplechase to Federal Election Under normal circumstances, the election of a CDU chairman shortly before a federal election would be like the sounding of a starting gun …

Jeff Rathke Appears in ARD Short Docu-Film, “Angriff auf Amerika”

AICGS President Jeff Rathke was recently interviewed as part of a short docu-film by German television network ARD. Titled “Angriff auf Amerika” (“Attack on America”), the piece explains the consequences …

The CDU – Finally! – Will Choose Its New Leader

But Will the Winner Make Way for Markus Söder as Chancellor Candidate? The slow-motion departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel enters a new phase this weekend, as her Christian Democratic …

Germany: A Different Kind of Democratic Dysfunctionality

Much recent discussion of the crisis of liberal democracy has focused on polarization. Polarization is widely – and rightly – seen as a threat to democracy. “If one thing is …

What the U.S. Can Learn from Germany’s Fate in the Covid-19 Crisis

For decades, many in Germany have envied the United States as a modern, efficiently governed democracy with a more flexible and more innovative economy than at home. This image has …