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Quo Vadis CDU/CSU: The Bavarian Elections and Beyond

Markus Söder has a problem. The Christian Social Union’s (CSU) Bavarian minister-president leads a party that is polling between 36 percent and 39 percent ahead of October 14’s state elections. …

The Chemnitz/Charlottesville Era and Readjusting What to Expect of Government

After the recent week of protests in Chemnitz, comparisons to the events of Charlottesville’s 2017 “Unite the Right” rally have abounded. And with good reason. Both events forced their respective …

Germany’s Charlottesville Moment

The protests and violence that took place last week in Chemnitz have brought home the depths of the western revolt against the liberal order which has been the norm in …

EU Elections: The Center Cannot Hold, but Do We Want It To?

Populism has truly become a transatlantic phenomenon, transcending national borders and disrupting democracies throughout the Western world: from Brexit in the UK to the election of Donald Trump in the …

Moving Beyond Cyber Wars: A Transatlantic Dialogue

In January 2018, as the German government was trying to cobble together a coalition, and the U.S. government found itself in a shut down, ten Americans and ten Germans committed …

Europe Should Take Steve Bannon’s Threats Seriously

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Steve Bannon announced his plan for The Movement, a foundation to support right-wing populist parties in the upcoming European Parliament (EP) elections. Many …

The CDU and CSU: Hanging Together Rather Than Hanging Separately

This summer has not been easy for Angela Merkel, with a spat over immigration threatening to break up the party alliance between the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian …

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Squaring the Gender Circle: Merkel, Men, and the CDU/CSU “Master Plan” Crisis

In November 2005, Angela Merkel became Germany’s first female chancellor, the youngest person to reach the nation’s top leadership post to date. Having lost his own bid for the chancellorship …

Can Family Policies Make A Difference for Fertility and Female Employment Rates?

In recent decades many OECD countries including Germany, the U.S., and other European countries have made changes to their family policies which include paid parental leave, childcare subsidies, and per-child …

Kids and (or) Career? The Effects of Family Policies in Germany

As a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from June to July 2018, Hanna Wang worked on her dissertation studying the effects of family policies on women’s work and childbearing decisions in Germany. In the …

Bavaria First: How a provincial party is tearing Germany and Europe apart

When most Americans think about Germany, they really think about Bavaria. Lederhosen, beer, pretzels, beautiful mountain landscapes and the Disney-esque castle Neuschwanstein have little to do with any of the other 15 …

Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders

The AICGS project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of current issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. …