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The Persistent Relevance of Immigration for German Voters

In Germany’s 2017 election, immigration played a decisive role as a clear wedge issue, splitting political parties and providing the necessary conditions for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) to …

Elections are not Enough

Negotiating the “Traffic Light” Coalition Contract in 2021 To form a new government in Germany, elections are not enough: first, a coalition must be built to get the necessary votes …

Opposition(s) in a Fragmented Party System

The politics of opposition in Germany are increasingly complicated. For much of the early history of the Federal Republic, the party system was a two-bloc affair, with one side in …

Gender and Sexuality in the 2021 German National Election & Subsequent Coalition Agreement

As is common in European multi-party systems, the 2021 German national election featured a broad range of party-political positions on salient contemporary issues. Just as in the United States where …

AICGS Profiles: Claudia Roth

Commissioner to the Federal Government for Culture and Media In 2021, Claudia Roth was appointed Commissioner to the Federal Government for Culture and Media (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und …

Christopher Pavenstädt, AICGS Visiting Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Christopher Pavenstädt as a Visiting Fellow in June 2022. Christopher Pavenstädt is a research associate in the cluster of excellency Climate, Climatic Change and Society …

Episode 59: Germany’s Shifting Political Landscape—State Election Edition #2

This month’s election in Germany’s largest state, North Rhine-Westphalia, saw a resurgence of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), growing support for the Green Party, further decline of the Social Democratic …

Episode 58: Economic Transformation and Social Divisions in Germany’s Ruhrgebiet

On this episode of the Podcast, AICGS President Jeff Rathke talks with participants in the AICGS project on social divisions in Germany and the United States, which recently visited the …

The 2022 French Presidential Elections

A Second Term for Macron the European French President Emmanuel Macron won a second term in office on April 24th, after defeating Marine Le Pen for the second time in …

AICGS Profiles: Reem Alabali-Radovan

State Minister and Commissioner for Immigration, Refugees and Integration Reem Alabali-Radovan was appointed Commissioner for Immigration, Refugees and Integration (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration) in 2021. Annette …

AICGS Profiles: Carsten Schneider

State Minister and Federal Commissioner for East Germany Carsten Schneider, from Erfurt, Thuringia, was elected to the Bundestag in 1998. He was appointed State Minister and Federal Commissioner for East …

AICGS Profiles: Aydan Özoğuz

Vice President of the Bundestag Aydan Özoğuz is a SPD politician from Hamburg. After serving as State Minister and Federal Commissioner for Immigration, Refugees, and Integration (Staatsministerin bei der Bundeskanzlerin …

Benjamin Höhne, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Dr. Benjamin Höhne as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from April through July 2022. He is Deputy Director of the Institute for Parliamentary Research in Berlin. …

Episode 53: The Changing Dynamics of German Politics

Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens, and the Liberal FDP has just passed 100 days in office, faced with Russia’s war on Ukraine and …