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Understanding Uncertainty

“Today we find ourselves in a paradoxical situation. We enjoy all the achievements of modern civilization that have made our physical existence on this earth easier so in many important …

Blinking at the Brink: A Munich Moment 

The pilgrimage to Munich for the annual Munich Security Conference begins this week with another chance to perform an annual exam of the world’s state of mind and health. The …

Germany’s Budget Surplus: Is Too Much of a Good Thing a Bad Thing?

Many who are familiar with Germany and German culture know that saving money and only spending money that one has is a very German trait. Only 36 percent of Germans …

AICGS and the Hanns-Seidel Stiftung Launch the Transatlantic Cybersecurity Partnership

Read in German Leading cyber experts from Germany and the United States convened in Munich on January 24 to discuss the most pressing cybersecurity issues for transatlantic cooperation. Participants from …

The Impact of Educational and Exchange Programs on German-U.S. Relations

The U.S. Embassy in Germany claims that “foreign politics is no longer shaped primarily by government-to-government relations…public attitudes and opinions count” and today, educational and exchange programs established between the …

Come on, Germany!

The change of German governments in 1998 marked not only the defeat of Helmut Kohl, who was the longest serving Chancellor in the 20th century, but also the arrival of a …

A New Responsibility for Internet Platforms: Germany’s New Hate Speech Law

As Germany rang in the new year, a controversial online hate speech law came into full effect. The Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG), or the Network Enforcement Act, requires internet platforms with more than two million …

Define and Deliver: The SPD Party Conference

Four months after Germans went to the polls to set the stage for a new government, they are finally a step closer. The vote at the January 21 SPD party …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Wir können nicht allen helfen

Just before the German elections in September 2017, Boris Palmer, the mayor of Tübingen presented a new book he wrote about the refugee crisis in Germany: Wir können nicht allen helfen: …

For Germany’s Social Democrats, a Chance to be Europe’s Superman

It was 80 years ago this year that DC Comics first published Superman, and with this comic book series launched a franchise of superheroes that shows no sign of losing …

German establishment woos SPD activists to back coalition talks

Featuring Jack Janes via Reuters on January 15, 2018.

A Stronger German-American Alliance

Political surprises have been a theme in 2016 and 2017, starting with the Brexit referendum, to the election of Donald Trump, to the success of Emmanuel Macron’s new party in …

The Danger of Another Grand Coalition: German Democracy and the Dahrendorf Thesis

As the German political parties begin negotiations that could lead to yet another Grand Coalition, they should reread one of the best books written on contemporary German political culture, Ralf …

What’s happening in Germany, explained. A lot is riding on Merkel’s final shot at creating a coalition government.

Featuring Jack Janes via Think Progress on January 10, 2018.