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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.
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The Surprising Strength of the Greens

Inspecting the German Greens in the election year 2021 Current opinion polls place the German Alliance 90/The Greens well above 20 percent, clearly in front of the Social Democrats and …

The German Greens

On the verge of entering government? Or even able to name Germany’s next Chancellor? March 14, 2021, was the day when Germany’s mega election year suddenly burst into life. Elections …

Episode 40: National Bellwethers for the German Federal Election?

The March 14 elections for state legislatures in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate kicked off an electoral marathon that will culminate in the September 26 German federal election, the …

The German Corona Summit Strategy Has Failed

The Germans are known for their word creations: Maskenverweigerer (anti-masker), Impfmuffel (anti-vaxxer), Coronaleugner (denying that the virus is a health risk), and the English/German tongue-twister Wellenbrecherlockdown (breaking a Corona wave …

Germany’s Election Year Enters New Gear

The CDU/CSU Struggles to Regain Traction Germany’s national election in September will produce a new chancellor, as Angela Merkel retires from public life. Her conservatives took a shellacking in two …

Kraftwerk, the Greens, and Ever-Changing Radioactivity

Music is the reflection of the society that makes it. One of the most influential musical acts of the twentieth century (second only to the Beatles), Kraftwerk was the defining …

The 2021 Superwahljahr Begins

The elections in Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg In German politics, the term Superwahljahr (super election year) refers to a year in which there will be many elections at various levels of …

Episode 39: Revitalizing Transatlantic Power

President Joe Biden has made rebuilding the transatlantic partnership a focus of his administration after four years of frosty relations between Europe and the United States. One of the most …

The Christian Democrats and the Alternative for Germany

The Cost of Continued Moderation 171. This is the real effect of the Alternative for Germany. Normally political parties in Germany take only a few days to form a governing …

The AfD in the Run-up to the 2021 German National Election

Down but Not Out In 2017 the Alternative for Germany (AfD) entered the Bundestag, marking the first time in recent history a far-right populist party overcame the Federal Republic’s 5 …

Choose to Challenge

Are we heading towards a “new normal”? While the country has been successfully run by the most powerful woman in the world for almost sixteen years, Germany has never been …

Integration Interrupted?

Some Effects of COVID-19 in Germany During the Coronavirus pandemic, the issues surrounding refugees, immigration, and integration have largely receded into the background in both Germany and the United States. …