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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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Merkel’s Retreat

Angela Merkel’s name appeared nowhere on the ballot October 28 as voters went to the polls in the western German state of Hesse. But this election sealed the fate of …

Angst of Demise: The Dilemma of German Social Democracy After the Elections in Hesse

Surviving in a Multiparty Political Environment After the recent disastrous election results in the states of Bavaria and Hesse, the ground is shifting rapidly for Germany’s Grand Coalition of CDU/CSU …

Refugees bring the downfall of Germany’s Angela Merkel

AICGS President Jeff Rathke spoke with NewstalkZB, a nationwide New Zealand talk radio network, about the role that the refugee crisis played in Merkel’s and the CDU’s declining popularity and …

Local Election in Hesse has National Impact

The state election in Hesse was a disaster for Germany’s two Volksparteien, the CDU and the SPD. Although the CDU remains the strongest party with 28 percent, this election marks …

Berlin Is Not Bonn—But Also Not Weimar

Today marks the end of a political era with Angela Merkel’s announcement not to seek reelection as party chair of the Christian Democrats in December. In the influential 1956 book …

Next-Generation Veterans Vie for Congress

But will they fight for Europe? Martha McSally, the Republican candidate in the Senate race in Arizona, touts her past as a fighter pilot to ridicule her Democratic opponent: “While …

Workforce Integration of Immigrants in the United States and Germany

Local and Religious Perspectives As immigrants and refugees arrive in both the U.S. and Germany, they must quickly navigate new bureaucracies, languages, and workforces. Religious institutions and organizations are key …

Berlin Protests Highlight Need for Sound Employment Discrimination Laws in Germany

This past weekend, tens of thousands of protestors gathered in Berlin to take part in a demonstration to support an “open and free” German society. Organizers planned the #unteilbar demonstration …

Susanne Thelen, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Susanne Thelen as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from October to December 2018. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Political Science at the …

Statement of a Polarized Society: The Bavarian Election Results

The results of the October 14, 2018, Bavarian elections mark a watershed in German politics. So far, the Free State has been the last bastion of the conservative Christian Democrats …

The 2018 Bavarian Election: Earthquake or Tremor?

Bavaria looms large in Germany. With 16 percent of the country’s population (13 million inhabitants), it is the second-largest state by population, and the largest by geographic area. Its economy …