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Our societies are changing on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to demographic change, immigration and integration, and regional differences—among other factors. Greater understanding about our cultures, an open exchange about emerging issues, and fostering dialogue between different groups can help German and American societies build stronger internal and external connections and awareness.
Reset

From Red to Green

A Transfer of Power on Germany’s Left Spurred by the catastrophic consequences of once-in-a-century devastation by torrential rains, the Bundestag election of Sunday, September 26, might well usher in a …

Weimar and Beyond

LGBTQ Representation in Media and Memory There was once a dream that was Berlin. Weimar Berlin was a reaction, a rebellion against a world in floundering turmoil. This moment’s tragic …

Queer Activism and Human Rights

During gay pride season, it is always tempting – at least from a German perspective – to focus narrowly on the German elements of queer history and emancipation. These accounts might feature the precocious …

What Happens in Magdeburg Does not Stay in Magdeburg

Saxony-Anhalt’s 2021 Landtag Election In the weeks preceding Sunday’s elections for the Landtag in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, there was a rising sense of dread that the right-populist Alternative …

“We’ve had abortions!”

Abortion in Germany since the Stern Self-Incrimination Campaign 50 Years Ago In March 2020, the UN Officer for Human Rights in Geneva sent a critical letter to the German Ambassador …

Out of the Box

Surveillance of Querdenker movement in Germany reflects a new political reality Thinking outside the box rarely attracts nationwide surveillance. But when conspiracy theorists claim the mantle to contest basic science …

German Court Rules Against Climate Law: Postponing Action is Unconstitutional

Freedom depends on climate policy – and action is needed now. Postponing climate action into the distant future would imply even harsher restrictions on the freedom to eventually bring down …

The Foreign Policy Dimension of Germany’s Election Cycle

The end of the era of Angela Merkel in German politics will reshape the German political landscape and promises the most open-ended parliamentary elections in September 2021 since the elections …

Looking at the Liberals

The Electoral Chances of the FDP Amidst the current speculation about the results of Germany’s September elections, much popular focus is on the contest between the Greens led by the young chancellor …

Germany intends to restitute artworks from the Kingdom of Benin (“Benin Bronzes”) to Nigeria

On April 30, 2021, Germany’s Culture Minister Monika Grütters announced that restitution of a “substantial” portion of Benin artworks that are held in German museums to Nigeria will begin next …

A Historic Choice?

The Bundestag Election on September 26, 2021 Every election is a “historic” one, as we regularly learn from the candidates. But the federal election in Germany on September 26 is …

Episode 43: Living the American-German Relationship—A Conversation with Martin Richenhagen

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, our guest is Prof. Dr. Martin Richenhagen, Chairman of the AICGS Board of Trustees and former CEO of the American agricultural machinery manufacturer AGCO …

Episode 42: A New Direction for Germany?

The German federal election campaign is heating up after Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) finally chose Armin Laschet as the bloc’s …

The Left Party in Superwahljahr 2021

If recent history is any guide, the 2021 German federal election will once again raise the question of whether the Left Party’s (Die Linke) cup is half-empty or half-full. As …