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Society

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 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 …

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 …

The 2021 Bundestag Election Year

One of the most consequential German elections in memory will take place on September 26, 2021, when a new Bundestag, a new coalition government, and a new chancellor will be …

Spatial Inequality and Populist Voting in Germany and the United States

Although having lost the U.S. presidential election, the number of votes won by populist president Donald J. Trump still exceeded many expectations. Similarly, the populist German party Alternative für Deutschland …

The Albrecht Brothers and the Rise of a Global Retail Behemoth

Few supermarket chains are as ubiquitous or as popular as Aldi with 2,031 stores in the United States and over 11,000 stores worldwide. The store’s founders, the brothers Karl and …

Seeing the Green Light

What to Expect from the German Green Party on Foreign and Security Policy in 2021 and Beyond Despite not being one of their original core topics, the German Greens are …

Bundestag Elections 2021

No Government Without the Greens? After a sobering result in the 2017 elections, the current rise of the Green Party gives reason to expect government participation in 2021. The former …

The 2020 U.S. Elections: Initial Reactions

With the 2020 U.S. presidential election now called for Joe Biden, the world has witnessed the inner strength of a democratic system: the ability to self-correct, alter course, and peacefully …

Episode 34: Berlin Wall: The View from the West

Images of the fall of the Berlin Wall dominate the public consciousness when thinking about the end of the Cold War. Photos of jubilant Germans standing atop the symbol of …