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The Decline of the Political Center in Germany

Where Good Candidates Can Make a Difference The 2021 elections of the German Bundestag will define the immediate post-Merkel era. In this project on German federal elections, we analyze the …

Globally Connected and Resilient – Thinking Foreign Economic Policy Strategically

Foreign and economic policies of most states can hardly be considered two separate spheres. In an increasingly multipolar world order, the return of geostrategy in the sense of 19th century-style …

AICGS Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s Foreign Policy Legacy?

AICGS Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s foreign policy legacy? Aylin Matlé Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Angela Merkel’s tenure will be remembered for the style rather than the substance of her chancellorship. Hers was …

The Other German Elections

Over the last several months, Germany watchers have been fixated on the country’s national elections, the results of which will finally settle the looming question of who will replace Angela …

Germany Has a Math Problem, and It’s about to Get Worse

What the numbers say about the energy landscape In this traditional state of Bavaria where election banners offering defense of “Heimat” (Homeland) seized the day in the last election, the …

Nord Stream 2 Deal

Not a Gift to Putin but a Realistic Choice Opposition to the Biden administration’s deal with Germany over the lifting of sanctions related to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project …

What is Angela Merkel’s Legacy for German Memory Culture?

AICGS Asks: How has Angela Merkel contributed to Germany’s culture of remembrance and influenced memory politics? Lily Gardner Feldman AICGS Senior Fellow All German post-war chancellors have been committed to …

The Fight Against Money Laundering: Germany Expands its Transparency Register

In Germany and the United States, criminals often hide behind a complicated web of companies that does not reveal the individuals who control the entities. But there are also many …

Not So Boring After All

The Bundestag Campaign One Month Before Election Day Lately, there have been two emerging narratives regarding the September 26th election for the German Bundestag. On the one hand, commentators are …

The Alternative für Deutschland’s Embrace of Culture Wars

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) has fanned the flames of anger toward Angela Merkel’s government. The party criticized the chancellor’s lockdown policies, rallied against mask-wearing, …

Alliance Relations and Berlin

Berlin posed the worst kind of alliance problem. Lying 100 miles inside East German territory, surrounded by 124 Soviet and East German divisions, Berlin was indefensible by the West. General …

The Berlin Wall

Sixty Years Since its Construction Sixty years ago on August 13, East German leader Walter Ulbricht tried to save his regime by closing off the escape route to West Berlin. …

Merkel and the Transformation of Gender Politics in Germany

In contrast to her male predecessors, Angela Merkel declared in the early 1990s that she would not wait to become a political shipwreck before withdrawing from politics.[1] She announced her …

Germany Buys Pipeline Peace with Washington at the Price of Owning Russian Misbehavior

The United States and Germany, seeking to lower the temperature in their six-year-old dispute over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, issued a joint statement on July 21, 2021. The …