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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 …

The Diplomacy of Genocide

President Biden’s Recognition of the Armenian Genocide On the 106th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, April 24, 2021, President Biden issued a statement honoring the memory of Armenians who perished. …

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 …

The Left Party in the 2021 Election Campaign

Fourteen years ago in 2007, the party named Die Linke was formed from the merger of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) and Labour & Social Justice – The Electoral …

With the Chancellor Candidates Selected, the Election Campaign Heats Up

Postwar German politics has been characterized by long periods of stability associated with dominant chancellors (Adenauer, Kohl, Merkel, Brandt/Schmidt) followed by a shorter period of upheaval and transition (Erhard/Kiesinger, Schröder), …

Annalena Baerbock: The Greens’ Ambitious Bet that Germans Want Change and Renewal

What might the Greens’ strength mean for the transatlantic relationship? A great start is just a start, and there are five months to go until Germany’s September 26 Bundestag election. …

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 …