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Episode 58: Economic Transformation and Social Divisions in Germany’s Ruhrgebiet

On this episode of the Podcast, AICGS President Jeff Rathke talks with participants in the AICGS project on social divisions in Germany and the United States, which recently visited the …

AICGS Profiles: Reem Alabali-Radovan

State Minister and Commissioner for Immigration, Refugees and Integration Reem Alabali-Radovan was appointed Commissioner for Immigration, Refugees and Integration (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration) in 2021. Annette …

AICGS Profiles: Carsten Schneider

State Minister and Federal Commissioner for East Germany Carsten Schneider, from Erfurt, Thuringia, was elected to the Bundestag in 1998. He was appointed State Minister and Federal Commissioner for East …

AICGS Profiles: Aydan Özoğuz

Vice President of the Bundestag Aydan Özoğuz is a SPD politician from Hamburg. After serving as State Minister and Federal Commissioner for Immigration, Refugees, and Integration (Staatsministerin bei der Bundeskanzlerin …

Episode 54: Diverse Communities, Questions of Identity, Polarization of Societies

On this episode of The Zeitgeitst, AICGS President Jeff Rathke talks with participants in the AICGS project on social divisions in Germany and the United States, which recently visited the …

Episode 53: The Changing Dynamics of German Politics

Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens, and the Liberal FDP has just passed 100 days in office, faced with Russia’s war on Ukraine and …

The German Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Failure or Success? As we are heading into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must admit that the Coronavirus remains a sticky challenge—locally and globally. As of the …

Anne Goldmann, Visiting Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Anne Goldmann as an NRW Fellow at AICGS from March to May 2022. She is a research and teaching assistant at the chair of “Ethics …

Germany’s Christian Democrats

What (Not) to Expect from Friedrich Merz’s Leadership Friedrich Merz is the new leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Four months after the Christian Democrats’ historic defeat in the …

Olaf Scholz’s New Cabinet

Something Old, Something New, Lots of Colors but no Blue For some, Olaf Scholz’s new ‘traffic light’ coalition government is no more than a marriage of convenience. After all, the …

Episode 45: Democracy as the Victor in Germany’s Federal Election

The September 26 German federal election marked a notable decline of the traditional big-tent parties (Volksparteien) and significant gains by the Green Party and the liberal Free Democratic Party, who …

AICGS Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s Impact on United Germany?

AICGS Asks: What is Chancellor Merkel’s legacy for united Germany? Hope M. Harrison The George Washington University Just as many American Blacks did not feel President Barack Obama advanced their …

Angela Merkel’s Germany

Her Legacy for the Next Government At the end of Angela Merkel’s long career as Chancellor of Germany stands a stunning defeat for her party, the Christian Democratic Union. But …

What Does Germany Want?

Germany’s coalition talks will be tricky. And so remains accepting its role as a leading global actor, writes former U.S. diplomat John Kornblum. On September 26, much of the world …