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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 …

Break the Bias

Achieving Gender Parity in European Parliaments The average share of women in national parliaments worldwide remains behind the times, amounting to around 25 percent. In Europe, the figures are only …

Germany’s Christian Democrats

What (Not) to Expect from Friedrich Merz’s Leadership Friedrich Merz is the new leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Four months after the Christian Democrats’ historic defeat in the …

Olaf Scholz’s New Cabinet

Something Old, Something New, Lots of Colors but no Blue For some, Olaf Scholz’s new ‘traffic light’ coalition government is no more than a marriage of convenience. After all, the …

A Bundestag of Color?

An Intersectional Analysis of Diversity in the German Parliament Equality is the cornerstone of a democracy. Research on gender, sexuality, and ethnicity/race in politics demonstrates that diversity improves the quality …

Episode 45: Democracy as the Victor in Germany’s Federal Election

The September 26 German federal election marked a notable decline of the traditional big-tent parties (Volksparteien) and significant gains by the Green Party and the liberal Free Democratic Party, who …

AICGS Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s Impact on United Germany?

AICGS Asks: What is Chancellor Merkel’s legacy for united Germany? Hope M. Harrison The George Washington University Just as many American Blacks did not feel President Barack Obama advanced their …

2021 German Bundestag Election: Three Messages

The results of the German Bundestag Election leave open several questions. A total of six parties are entering the Bundestag. How can a governing coalition be formed in this fragmented …

Angela Merkel’s Germany

Her Legacy for the Next Government At the end of Angela Merkel’s long career as Chancellor of Germany stands a stunning defeat for her party, the Christian Democratic Union. But …

What Does Germany Want?

Germany’s coalition talks will be tricky. And so remains accepting its role as a leading global actor, writes former U.S. diplomat John Kornblum. On September 26, much of the world …

AICGS Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s Legacy for European Integration?

AICGS Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s European legacy? Erik Jones Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Angela Merkel will be remembered for many things, but her grudging pragmatism in response …