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What Happens in Magdeburg Does not Stay in Magdeburg

Saxony-Anhalt’s 2021 Landtag Election In the weeks preceding Sunday’s elections for the Landtag in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, there was a rising sense of dread that the right-populist Alternative …

Out of the Box

Surveillance of Querdenker movement in Germany reflects a new political reality Thinking outside the box rarely attracts nationwide surveillance. But when conspiracy theorists claim the mantle to contest basic science …

The Foreign Policy Dimension of Germany’s Election Cycle

The end of the era of Angela Merkel in German politics will reshape the German political landscape and promises the most open-ended parliamentary elections in September 2021 since the elections …

Looking at the Liberals

The Electoral Chances of the FDP Amidst the current speculation about the results of Germany’s September elections, much popular focus is on the contest between the Greens led by the young chancellor …

A Historic Choice?

The Bundestag Election on September 26, 2021 Every election is a “historic” one, as we regularly learn from the candidates. But the federal election in Germany on September 26 is …

Episode 42: A New Direction for Germany?

The German federal election campaign is heating up after Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) finally chose Armin Laschet as the bloc’s …

The Left Party in Superwahljahr 2021

If recent history is any guide, the 2021 German federal election will once again raise the question of whether the Left Party’s (Die Linke) cup is half-empty or half-full. As …

The Left Party in the 2021 Election Campaign

Fourteen years ago in 2007, the party named Die Linke was formed from the merger of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) and Labour & Social Justice – The Electoral …

With the Chancellor Candidates Selected, the Election Campaign Heats Up

Postwar German politics has been characterized by long periods of stability associated with dominant chancellors (Adenauer, Kohl, Merkel, Brandt/Schmidt) followed by a shorter period of upheaval and transition (Erhard/Kiesinger, Schröder), …

The Surprising Strength of the Greens

Inspecting the German Greens in the election year 2021 Current opinion polls place the German Alliance 90/The Greens well above 20 percent, clearly in front of the Social Democrats and …

The German Greens

On the verge of entering government? Or even able to name Germany’s next Chancellor? March 14, 2021, was the day when Germany’s mega election year suddenly burst into life. Elections …

Episode 40: National Bellwethers for the German Federal Election?

The March 14 elections for state legislatures in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate kicked off an electoral marathon that will culminate in the September 26 German federal election, the …

Germany’s Election Year Enters New Gear

The CDU/CSU Struggles to Regain Traction Germany’s national election in September will produce a new chancellor, as Angela Merkel retires from public life. Her conservatives took a shellacking in two …

The 2021 Superwahljahr Begins

The elections in Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg In German politics, the term Superwahljahr (super election year) refers to a year in which there will be many elections at various levels of …