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Episode 02: The Wall: Legacy of Divided Berlin

When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, it was a surprise to many. For an entire generation, the Berlin Wall was the most iconic physical manifestation of the …

The German Model and its Discontents

Germany and the United States share a legal tradition and constitution that promotes equality for all those living within its borders. However, real world examples show that within these borders …

The Fate of Multilateralism: Can Civil Society Come to the Rescue?

Since the end of World War II, international cooperation has led to decades of unprecedented progress. From interconnected markets to the exchange of ideas and innovation, multilateral collaboration has set …

Global Responsibility

How Do Germany and the United States Engage with One Another to Address International Challenges? On November 5, 2018, participants in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: …

A Strained, Yet Indispensable Partnership: German-American Relations in the Age of Donald J. Trump  

For the past seventy years, the German-American and the European-American partnership has rested on a shared understanding of common goals: The transatlantic partners believed that the promotion of democracy, rule …

Merkel’s Retreat

Angela Merkel’s name appeared nowhere on the ballot October 28 as voters went to the polls in the western German state of Hesse. But this election sealed the fate of …

Angst of Demise: The Dilemma of German Social Democracy After the Elections in Hesse

Surviving in a Multiparty Political Environment After the recent disastrous election results in the states of Bavaria and Hesse, the ground is shifting rapidly for Germany’s Grand Coalition of CDU/CSU …

Refugees bring the downfall of Germany’s Angela Merkel

AICGS President Jeff Rathke spoke with NewstalkZB, a nationwide New Zealand talk radio network, about the role that the refugee crisis played in Merkel’s and the CDU’s declining popularity and …

Merkel’s political exit is a kind of vindication for Trump

On what Chancellor Merkel’s decision to step down as CDU party leader could mean for President Trump and the transatlantic alliance, AICGS President Emeritus Jack Janes tells The Washington Post, …

Local Election in Hesse has National Impact

The state election in Hesse was a disaster for Germany’s two Volksparteien, the CDU and the SPD. Although the CDU remains the strongest party with 28 percent, this election marks …

Berlin Is Not Bonn—But Also Not Weimar

Today marks the end of a political era with Angela Merkel’s announcement not to seek reelection as party chair of the Christian Democrats in December. In the influential 1956 book …

Hajo Funke, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Hajo Funke as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from October to December 2018. Prof. Dr. Hajo Funke is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from October to …