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Merkel and the CDU: “A Safe Hand and a Clear Compass”

“A strong Germany—with chances for all!” was the motto of the CDU’s national party conference that took place in Hanover this week, the last of that kind before next year’s …

Scenarios for the Future of the EU: Disintegrating, Diffident or Decisive?

Three Scenarios As the U.S. recalibrates its relationship with the EU in the second Obama administration, it behooves observers to contemplate different trajectories for the EU’s future. The three possible …

The Price of a Political Brand

Given the enormous difference in origin of two political leaders like Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, it may not be as obvious at first glance how many similarities they actually …

Resolving relations with Kosovo is a key obstacle to Serbia joining the EU

An excerpt from the original publication with the London School of Economics: “Serbia was awarded EU candidacy status at the beginning of this year. Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik and Alexander Wochnik write that …

Domestic Structures in Germany and Japan and Their Influence on Reconciliation Policy

Comparing reconciliation politics of different states helps us to understand better the reasons why reconciliation, i.e., the process of normalization of bilateral relations after conflict between former perpetrator and victim …

Personal Reconciliation between Germans and Jews

The Many Levels of Reconciliation  The award of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union has focused attention on how governments in Europe have built lasting reconciliation.  Studies …

It’s Not Only the Economy: Germany’s role in averting a Western meltdown

Download Policy Report The observed capital flows out of distressed countries into countries that are seen as “safe harbors” have in fact resulted in historically low yields of German and …

Bridges and Boundaries: post-election projections

The American writer Samuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain, once responded to reports about his alleged demise by saying “reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Following this week’s …

Die EU und Bosnien-Herzegowina

DAAD/AICGS Fellow Dr. Dominik Tolksdorf has recently published a book entitled Die EU und Bosnien-Herzegowina. A short description of the book: Bosnia and Herzegovina still represents a major challenge for …

Germany’s Aging Population

By Doug Murray Today it seems like all the attention in German politics goes to the euro crisis, the rise of China’s importance, and upcoming elections in both the United …