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Losing our Classical Skills

The latest international test scores of American students and adults give low marks in reading, problem-solving, and, especially, math. It appears we are still nowhere near our peers in Tokyo, …

A Papal Path between Diversity and Dogma

Pope Francis stood before over 3 million people in Rio de Janeiro this past weekend, while Catholicism wanes in the United States and Germany. In this At Issue, Dr. Jackson Janes writes that the Holy Father must perform a balancing act between the distinct needs of Catholics the world over. This includes making careful choices between continuity and change.

The Official German Commitment to Fighting Anti-Semitism

Budapest On May 6, 2013, in a major speech to the World Jewish Congress in Budapest, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle continued an official German tradition. Like German foreign ministers …

Papal Purposes

As the College of Cardinals gathered in Rome this week to choose—for the first time in 600 years—one pope to replace another who is still living, I reflected on two …

Islam in Germany Revisited: The Circumcision Debate

The notorious silence of the relatively uneventful summer this year in Germany was suddenly disrupted by a heated debate regarding the abolishment of circumcision—ignited by a May 2012 court ruling. …

Germany’s Circumcision Debate: A Personal Reflection

I never imagined that my existence as a Jew in Germany would be challenged by an advertisement in the Berlin U-Bahn. But there it was, staring at me on the …

Personal Reconciliation between Germans and Jews

The Many Levels of Reconciliation  The award of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union has focused attention on how governments in Europe have built lasting reconciliation.  Studies …

ISNA Annual Conference: One Nation Under God: Striving for the Common Good

As part of the Institute’s effort to spark a dialogue among the American and German Muslim communities, AICGS was pleased to sponsor a German participant at the Islamic Society of …

Islam to be Added to German Public School Curriculum in North Rhine-Westphalia

While the prospect of religious education in public schools may confound or upset Americans, it is a common aspect of the German education system. In addition to many other major …

Transatlantic Trends: Consistency Amid Disorder

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) has released the results of its 2011 Transatlantic Trends: Immigration survey. Conducted via phone surveys of more than 13,000 European and …

Rajoy’s Cautionary Tale

More than anybody else Spanish Prime minister Mariano Rajoy embodies what many euro zone members nation’ leaders are going through. Caught in a purgatory, suspended between the proud defense of national sovereignty, the need for Euro zone financial solidarity and the powerful drift towards closer political integration, he is struggling to find the right balance and avoid catastrophe. After months full of missteps, even the proud Spaniard seems to have finally realized that there will be no safety for his country without further transfers of power towards Brussels.

Constructive Power and Reconciliation: The Importance of German Societal Organizations

The Importance of German Societal Actors The Euro-zone crisis has focused international attention on Germany’s power, depicting the Federal Republic either as selfless savior (constructive power) or as dictatorial demon …

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