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Define and Deliver: The SPD Party Conference

Four months after Germans went to the polls to set the stage for a new government, they are finally a step closer. The vote at the January 21 SPD party …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Wir können nicht allen helfen

Just before the German elections in September 2017, Boris Palmer, the mayor of Tübingen presented a new book he wrote about the refugee crisis in Germany: Wir können nicht allen helfen: …

For Germany’s Social Democrats, a Chance to be Europe’s Superman

It was 80 years ago this year that DC Comics first published Superman, and with this comic book series launched a franchise of superheroes that shows no sign of losing …

Trusting Each Other

Both sides of the Atlantic are faced with the challenge of digitalization. Digitalization is expected to be highly beneficial by spurring innovation, efficiency, and productivity growth. Yet, it is also …

Judy Asks: Is Europe Turning its Back on Refugees and Migrants?

Featuring Stephen Szabo via Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe on January 17, 2018.

German establishment woos SPD activists to back coalition talks

Featuring Jack Janes via Reuters on January 15, 2018.

A Stronger German-American Alliance

Political surprises have been a theme in 2016 and 2017, starting with the Brexit referendum, to the election of Donald Trump, to the success of Emmanuel Macron’s new party in …

The Danger of Another Grand Coalition: German Democracy and the Dahrendorf Thesis

As the German political parties begin negotiations that could lead to yet another Grand Coalition, they should reread one of the best books written on contemporary German political culture, Ralf …

What’s happening in Germany, explained. A lot is riding on Merkel’s final shot at creating a coalition government.

Featuring Jack Janes via Think Progress on January 10, 2018.

Between Renewal and Responsibility: The SPD in the Face of the Paralysis of the Political Center in Germany

With the beginning of exploratory talks between SPD and CDU/CSU on January 7, 2018, the German political system offers a last opportunity to form a stable government after the September …

Multi-Ethnic Tenant Movements in Los Angeles and Berlin

Multi-ethnic and immigrant resistance play a pivotal role in challenging the political shifts right, which have been rooted in racism, xenophobia, and social, political, and economic isolationism. Housing movements serve …

Continuity in Turbulence

Political surprises have been a theme in 2016 and 2017, starting with the Brexit referendum, to the election of Donald Trump, to the success of Emmanuel Macron’s new party in …