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The CDU Faces Pressure to Move Right—That Could Backfire

Today, Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is meeting in Hamburg to choose a new leader—a decision with massive ramifications for national and European politics. This moment represents the first opportunity …

Will Merkel’s Retreat Spark German Foreign Policy Renewal?

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has ruled Germany since 2005 and for 49 of the past 69 years—its election of a new party leader December 7 will have far-reaching impact …

Negative Campaigning in the U.S. Midterm Elections

Role Model or Warning for German Campaign Strategies? Negativity has long been a part of American election campaigns, and the 2018 midterm campaign was no exception. In the lead-up to …

Europe Faces Open Doors but Uphill Battles with New Congress

“The U.S. is bigger than the White House,” declared German foreign minister Heiko Maas in a recent interview. In response to President Trump’s well-documented ambivalence toward alliances, German leaders are …

The Radicalization of the Extreme Right

The Rallies in Charlottesville in August 2017 and Chemnitz in August 2018 In August 2017, members of multiple far-right movements rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, with the goals of uniting the …

The 2018 Midterm Elections: The Transatlantic Alliance Outside the DC Beltway

As a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from October to November 2018, Dr. Niklas Helwig analyzed U.S. domestic perception of the transatlantic alliance during the 2018 midterm elections. Lately, the U.S. administration has …

Transatlantic Relations after the Midterms

A Fresh Start or Further Decline? Since President Trump began implementing his vision of “America First” two years ago, European partners have been concerned whether a more unilateral and transactional …

Building a European Germany: Next Steps? 

In 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall—and subsequent German unity—was a dream come true for Germans. Over the next few years the dream of a larger Europe, whole and …

Episode 02: The Wall: Legacy of Divided Berlin

When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, it was a surprise to many. For an entire generation, the Berlin Wall was the most iconic physical manifestation of the …

On Capitol Hill, Transatlantic Trade Returns to Its Roots

Once, when I was trying to explain to a German acquaintance the personalities and geography of U.S. trade politics, I casually mentioned that despite skepticism toward trade among many Democrats, …

A Strained, Yet Indispensable Partnership: German-American Relations in the Age of Donald J. Trump  

For the past seventy years, the German-American and the European-American partnership has rested on a shared understanding of common goals: The transatlantic partners believed that the promotion of democracy, rule …

Merkel’s Retreat

Angela Merkel’s name appeared nowhere on the ballot October 28 as voters went to the polls in the western German state of Hesse. But this election sealed the fate of …