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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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Episode 58: Economic Transformation and Social Divisions in Germany’s Ruhrgebiet

On this episode of the Podcast, AICGS President Jeff Rathke talks with participants in the AICGS project on social divisions in Germany and the United States, which recently visited the …

Experts all around us?

Scientific advisors in health systems and their effect on politics In 2007, the German novelist Juli Zeh published a play in which people live in a health dictatorship. Her dystopian …

Transatlantic Pandemic Response Shortcomings Highlight Need for More Robust Public Health Communications Infrastructure

As we enter May 2022, both the United States and Germany have reached similar inflection points in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Highly effective vaccines and boosters are widely available to …

The 2022 French Presidential Elections

A Second Term for Macron the European French President Emmanuel Macron won a second term in office on April 24th, after defeating Marine Le Pen for the second time in …

Laura Bieder, Visiting Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Laura Emmy Bieder as an NRW Fellow at AICGS from May to June 2022. For the last two years, Ms. Bieder worked as a research …

Episode 54: Diverse Communities, Questions of Identity, Polarization of Societies

On this episode of The Zeitgeitst, AICGS President Jeff Rathke talks with participants in the AICGS project on social divisions in Germany and the United States, which recently visited the …

Benjamin Höhne, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Dr. Benjamin Höhne as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from April through July 2022. He is Deputy Director of the Institute for Parliamentary Research in Berlin. …

Episode 53: The Changing Dynamics of German Politics

Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens, and the Liberal FDP has just passed 100 days in office, faced with Russia’s war on Ukraine and …

The German Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Failure or Success? As we are heading into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must admit that the Coronavirus remains a sticky challenge—locally and globally. As of the …

Break the Bias

Achieving Gender Parity in European Parliaments The average share of women in national parliaments worldwide remains behind the times, amounting to around 25 percent. In Europe, the figures are only …

Festivals of Fools

Mardi Gras and Karneval In the United States, “Mardi Gras” evokes certain images: wild parties, massive parades with colorful floats, and strings of beads being thrown around. But among the …

How to Resist the Merger of Anti-Vaxxers and Anti-Semites

If International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 has any meaning, it is to prevent the banalization and memory loss of the Shoah. Yet sadly, Nazi-coronavirus comparisons have proliferated on …

Germany’s Christian Democrats

What (Not) to Expect from Friedrich Merz’s Leadership Friedrich Merz is the new leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Four months after the Christian Democrats’ historic defeat in the …