The Downward Spiral of Angela Merkel’s CDU

Feb 26, 2020

On February 23, Hamburg’s voters were called upon to elect a new parliament. Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city and its most important port. But, for historical reasons, it is also one of Germany’s 16 Länder, and one of three city-states (the other two are Berlin and Bremen), that...

Can France and Germany Save Europe?

Jan 25, 2019

How real is the French-German pact signed at Aachen this week? Can it save and even reinforce Europe? What many assumed to be simply the routine renewal of the 1963 Elysée Treaty between France and Germany has turned into a possible pivotal moment in the history of modern Europe. As Brexit...

Questioning Germany’s “Employment Miracle”

Jan 12, 2019

The claim of German success based on the low unemployment rate does not explain how gains and losses are distributed across the population. Germany, with the world’s largest trade surplus and record-low unemployment, is sold as an economic superstar and a “model” for the rest of...

The End of the Merkel Era

Oct 31, 2018

Adhering to a nostalgia for a more stable time, many observers see in the end of Merkel’s era the beginning of a dystopian future of political turmoil. Six years ago, in November 2012, Angela Merkel was at the height of her domestic and European power. At the domestic level, Germany was...

Get Ready for Germany’s New Old Coalition

Jan 18, 2018

Germany's coalitions talks have been frustrated by months of political deadlock. Put simply, last September’s general election was a disaster for Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD). With Martin Schultz at the helm, the party saw its share of the vote fall from 34.2% in 2005 to a record...