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Saxonian Signals: The Future of the FDP and AfD After Saxony’s Election

The state election in Saxony on Sunday made some waves in Germany. While the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) was able to sustain its leadership of the state, despite its worst …

The Death Knells of Centrist German Liberalism-The Rise of the AfD and fall of the FDP

The rapid growth of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in Germany has certainly been a clear departure from the mood of German politics prior to the most recent Bundeswahl (Federal …

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 …

The EU Elections: The Evolution of an Electorate

After India, the European Union is the second largest democracy in the world, with 400 million people entitled to vote. While India just finished its several-weeks-long election process, many Europeans …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Out of the Tower: Essays on Culture and Everyday Life

When was the last time you had a bit more than a “muggeseggele Zeit” to think about what really makes up our everyday cultural lives? For those familiar with German …

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 …

Germany’s NSA Naivete

Following President Obama’s exclusive interview with ZDF on Friday, Senior Editor of Der Tagesspiegel Malte Lehming noted that the German media largely characterized the president’s remarks as “too vague, too …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: The Myth of America’s Decline

Joe Joffe’s latest book (Liverlight Publishing, 2013) is a modern day version of what Alexis de Tocqueville attempted some one hundred and eighty years ago. Both authors grapple with the …

Mißfelder Named Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation

This week, CDU politician Philipp Mißfelder was named Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation in the Field of Intersocietal Relations, Cultural and Information Policy, a position within the Federal Foreign Office. Taking …

Does Germany’s Step to the Left Sacrifice the Economy?

Arguing in Forbes that the Free Democratic Party’s exit from the Bundestag spells stagnation for the German and European economies, Doug Bandow details the FDP’s long slide to missing the …

GroKo: A Coalition for Continuity or Change?

Imagine walking into a hardware store and asking the manager for the most effective fertilizer for a garden or lawn care. “Use GroKo,” he might recommend. “It is an all-purpose …

Merkel’s American Minders

American credibility has reached all time lows, as mounting revelations depict the U.S. attitude toward even allies as mistrusting. Commenting that this “serious transatlantic rift [comes] at a time when …