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Blinking at the Brink: A Munich Moment 

The pilgrimage to Munich for the annual Munich Security Conference begins this week with another chance to perform an annual exam of the world’s state of mind and health. The …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire

Most Europeans remain flabbergasted that Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. Millions of Americans are equally confused. Trying to overcome the fixation on tweets is not an easy task—let …

Come on, Germany!

The change of German governments in 1998 marked not only the defeat of Helmut Kohl, who was the longest serving Chancellor in the 20th century, but also the arrival of a …

Define and Deliver: The SPD Party Conference

Four months after Germans went to the polls to set the stage for a new government, they are finally a step closer. The vote at the January 21 SPD party …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Wir können nicht allen helfen

Just before the German elections in September 2017, Boris Palmer, the mayor of Tübingen presented a new book he wrote about the refugee crisis in Germany: Wir können nicht allen helfen: …

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For Germany’s Social Democrats, a Chance to be Europe’s Superman

It was 80 years ago this year that DC Comics first published Superman, and with this comic book series launched a franchise of superheroes that shows no sign of losing …

German establishment woos SPD activists to back coalition talks

Featuring Jack Janes via Reuters on January 15, 2018.

A Stronger German-American Alliance

Political surprises have been a theme in 2016 and 2017, starting with the Brexit referendum, to the election of Donald Trump, to the success of Emmanuel Macron’s new party in …

The Danger of Another Grand Coalition: German Democracy and the Dahrendorf Thesis

As the German political parties begin negotiations that could lead to yet another Grand Coalition, they should reread one of the best books written on contemporary German political culture, Ralf …

What’s happening in Germany, explained. A lot is riding on Merkel’s final shot at creating a coalition government.

Featuring Jack Janes via Think Progress on January 10, 2018.

Between Renewal and Responsibility: The SPD in the Face of the Paralysis of the Political Center in Germany

With the beginning of exploratory talks between SPD and CDU/CSU on January 7, 2018, the German political system offers a last opportunity to form a stable government after the September …

Fragile Friendships and Polarized Politics: Foreign Policy in 2018

If 2017 felt like a roller coaster ride, then tighten your seatbelt for 2018. The challenges confronting the German-American partners are only going to accelerate and the choices are only …

Continuity in Turbulence

Political surprises have been a theme in 2016 and 2017, starting with the Brexit referendum, to the election of Donald Trump, to the success of Emmanuel Macron’s new party in …

Notizen Weekly for December 8

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Tax rivalry: For Europe, more pros than cons from Trump’s bill (Handelsblatt) Europe’s banks are stronger than …