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After the Wall: Survivors’ Expectations

There were many expectations when the Wall came down. Not least among them that Holocaust survivors living in Eastern Europe would finally receive payments from Germany for their suffering. But …

November 1989

Like December 7, 1941, November 22, 1963, and September 11, 2001, November 9, 1989, is one of those dates remembered in freeze frame.  But it’s the rare exception that most …

Broken Berlin Wall, by Tom Block

Visitors to AICGS may be familiar with Tom Block’s art installation, “Broken Berlin Wall.”  The artwork will continue to be on display for the 25th anniversary of the fall of …

The Cycles of Decline: Addressing the Political Backlash in Europe

Following the European Union elections, the main conclusion seems to be that bashing Brussels is a mobilizing force on both the left and the right and that national governments around …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: The Passage to Europe

The effort to create a European community of nations and peoples is one of the most important experiments in world history. On a continent shaped by war and conflict for …

Trying to Keep the Germans Close on EU Competences is Risky for Britain.

As German politicians discuss competences within the EU, the British media have characterized this as a positive response to London’s call to renegotiate the relationship between member states and the …

The Trust Trifecta

Engraved on the U.S. dollar bill are the words “in God we trust.” The sarcastic extension of that phrase says “all others pay cash.” It seems that forces rampant in …

NATO Enlargement Policy

In this recently published report from the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, Dr. Patrick Keller, Coordinator for Foreign and Security Policy at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and AICGS participant, explores the debates surrounding …

Croatia on the Verge of Joining the European Union: Outlook after the release of the latest EU monitoring report

On March 26th, the European Commission released its last monitoring report on Croatia, which concludes that the country is ready to join the EU in July 2013. This will, in …

Mission Impossible? David Cameron’s Vision of Britain in the European Union

Simon Green is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe at Aston University in the UK. This article first appeared on CNN.com on 23 January 2013 …

The Franco-German Elysée Treaty at Fifty: A Model for Others?

The fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 Elysée Treaty provides occasion for reflection on the larger meaning of this landmark for Franco-German relations, but also raises the question of whether its …

Scenarios for the Future of the EU: Disintegrating, Diffident or Decisive?

Three Scenarios As the U.S. recalibrates its relationship with the EU in the second Obama administration, it behooves observers to contemplate different trajectories for the EU’s future. The three possible …