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Susanne Thelen, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Susanne Thelen as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from October to December 2018. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Political Science at the …

Statement of a Polarized Society: The Bavarian Election Results

The results of the October 14, 2018, Bavarian elections mark a watershed in German politics. So far, the Free State has been the last bastion of the conservative Christian Democrats …

The 2018 Bavarian Election: Earthquake or Tremor?

Bavaria looms large in Germany. With 16 percent of the country’s population (13 million inhabitants), it is the second-largest state by population, and the largest by geographic area. Its economy …

Jeff Rathke on Maybrit Illner Special: Methode Trump – Gefahr für Europas Demokratie?

AICGS President Jeff Rathke appeared on the Maybrit Illner Special “Methode Trump – Gefahr für Europas Demokratie?” on October 11, 2018.

EU Elections: From “Spitzenkandidat” to Coalition Candidate?

The European Union is under threat. From the outside, it is confronted by a revisionist Russia and a U.S. president seemingly set on demolishing the rules-based international system. Even more …

Frank Bohn, AGSR Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Frank Bohn as an AICGS/GMF Fellow with the American-German Situation Room in Washington, DC, in October-November 2018. Frank Bohn, Radboud University Nijmegen, previously worked at …

Niklas Helwig, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Niklas Helwig as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in October and November 2018. Prior to his research stay at the AICGS, he was a Transatlantic Post-Doc …

A Specter Is Haunting Europe

The thirteen-year era of “Mutti” (“mama”) Angela Merkel just ended—not with a bang, but with a whimper. Germany’s most beloved politician for a long decade was not voted out of …

The Hijacking of the German Immigration Debate

When the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) had their ugly spat over migration in July, few would have expected it to result in a new …

The Parliamentary View: Protecting Our Societies from Propaganda and Disinformation

Understanding Disinformation and Digital Propaganda Today’s interconnected societies have largely benefited from the Internet. The world-wide web enables unlimited information sharing, communication, and transactions. Some argue that data has replaced …

Quo Vadis CDU/CSU: The Bavarian Elections and Beyond

Markus Söder has a problem. The Christian Social Union’s (CSU) Bavarian minister-president leads a party that is polling between 36 percent and 39 percent ahead of October 14’s state elections. …

The Chemnitz/Charlottesville Era and Readjusting What to Expect of Government

After the recent week of protests in Chemnitz, comparisons to the events of Charlottesville’s 2017 “Unite the Right” rally have abounded. And with good reason. Both events forced their respective …

Germany’s Charlottesville Moment

The protests and violence that took place last week in Chemnitz have brought home the depths of the western revolt against the liberal order which has been the norm in …

EU Elections: The Center Cannot Hold, but Do We Want It To?

Populism has truly become a transatlantic phenomenon, transcending national borders and disrupting democracies throughout the Western world: from Brexit in the UK to the election of Donald Trump in the …