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Partisan Divides and Popular Fronts

We are pleased to inaugurate the AICGS 40th Anniversary series with the following article, which coincides with the 90th anniversary of the Nazi seizure of power (Machtergreifung) when Hitler was appointed chancellor …

Berlin’s Extraordinary Election

Flaws, Failures, and Their Consequences Peter Müller, a constitutional judge, described the elections that took place on September 26, 2021, in the city-state of Berlin as follows: “One could have …

Atomkraft: Jein

The Greens’ Identity Crisis in the Age of Nuclear Energy Expansion The Green Party (Die Grünen) in Germany evolved from a wave of social movements that began with student protests …

Episode 73: 2022—A Year in Review

As 2022 draws to a close, AICGS President Jeff Rathke, AICGS Senior Fellow and Director of Society, Culture, and Politics Program Eric Langenbacher and AICGS Non-Resident Senior Fellow Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger …

An Anniversary for the Ampel Coalition

The End of the Beginning Tradition holds that the first anniversary in marriage is symbolized by paper on which the future will be written. The governing coalition in Berlin is …

“The Capacity to Step into Someone Else’s Shoes”

How Local Initiatives Drive Cohesion and Global Progress “Social cohesion depends on the capacity to step into someone else’s shoes.” What emerged as a collective working definition for our research …

Olaf Scholz and the Cum-Ex Scandal

Why the German chancellor is stuck in a nasty multibillion dollar tax evasion scandal It can be blurry sometimes, the line between tax evasion—a criminal offense—and tax avoidance—morally questionable or …

Till Jürgens, Visiting Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Till Jürgens as a Visiting Fellow in October and November 2022. Till Jürgens is a research associate at the Institute of Political Science at the …

AICGS Profiles: Yvonne Magwas

Vice President of the Bundestag The former Auerbach, Saxony, city councilwoman was elected Vice President of the Bundestag with 600 votes on October 26, 2021—the highest-ranking office left for the …

AICGS Profiles: Dr. Carsten Pillath

State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Dr. Carsten Pillath serves as a State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, heading Directorate-Generals VII (Financial Market Policy) and E (European …

The Grand Failure

Grand New Beginning? February 24, 2022, will go down in history as a watershed moment for Europe and not the least for Germany. The day Russia invaded Ukraine spelled the …

AICGS Profiles: Dr. Anna Lührmann

Minister of State for Europe and Climate Background Dr. Anna Lührmann (Bündnis 90/The Greens) is a member of the Bundestag and serves as Minister of State for Europe and Climate …

AICGS Profiles: Petra Pau

Vice President of the Bundestag Background Petra Pau is a German politician and member of Die Linke. Pau is currently the longest-serving Vice President of the Bundestag and has held …

Buffalo: The Past, Present, & Future

Shifting Divisions & Reasons to Billieve* In June of 2022, a group of German and American participants from AICGS’s Social Divisions and Questions of Identity in Germany and the United …

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