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The Downward Spiral of Angela Merkel’s CDU

The Downward Spiral of Angela Merkel’s CDU

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...

Questioning Germany’s “Employment Miracle”

Questioning Germany’s “Employment Miracle”

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

The End of the Merkel Era

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...

Uniting Germany’s Radical Right

Uniting Germany’s Radical Right

While protests against Islam, migration and asylum seekers serve as a common denominator, there is little coherence in formulating a right-wing “alternative for Germany.” The recent right-wing surge in Germany is marked by an increasing degree of dispersal among radical-right actors. New...

Germany Remembers Solingen Arson Attack

Germany Remembers Solingen Arson Attack

The 1993 Solingen arson attack marked the climax of radical-right violence in Germany following reunification.  This year, the fatal arson attack in Solingen, a North Rhine-Westphalian city of around 160,000 inhabitants, marked its 25th anniversary. Chancellor Angela Merkel, German Foreign...

Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, World War in the Middle East

Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, World War in the Middle East

Trump believes he can simultaneously capture a Nobel Peace Prize for North Korea while leaping toward war with Iran. The president giveth and he taketh away. Donald Trump is a stern and wrathful leader. He thinks nothing of raining down fire and fury upon the enemies of his “chosen...

Is America’s Disruptor-in-Chief Making an Impact?

Is America’s Disruptor-in-Chief Making an Impact?

Could America’s unorthodox president’s approach to the Iran nuclear deal actually be gaining traction? He came into office with no national security or foreign policy experience. In his presidential campaign, he made wild claims about how he would shake up US policy in both areas, previously...

Get Ready for Germany’s New Old Coalition

Get Ready for Germany’s New Old Coalition

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...

Europe Feels the Trump Effect

Europe Feels the Trump Effect

Trump’s election has had the unexpected effect of fostering greater initiative from the EU, forcing Europe into taking on a bigger role on the global stage. The day after Donald Trump’s election as US president, a shocked Frank-Walter Steinmeier, then Germany’s foreign minister and now...

Germany and the Rise of a Fascist International

Germany and the Rise of a Fascist International

Germany funds foundations for its political parties. If the far right gets one, we're one step closer to globalizing the alt-right. Germany got its very own electoral shock on September 24, when the far right won 13% of the vote in country’s parliamentary elections. For the first time in more...

When Trump’s Push Comes to Shove in Europe

When Trump’s Push Comes to Shove in Europe

Media coverage of Donald Trump’s embarrassing trip to Europe missed an essential and equally unbelievable point: Not all of Europe was unhappy with his performance. It has become increasingly difficult to distinguish between the reality show of Donald Trump in the Oval Office and the Saturday...

Europe: Moving at Different Speeds

Europe: Moving at Different Speeds

A multi-speed Europe presents an attractive alternative to the current EU structure. But is it feasible? European leaders gathered on March 25 to commemorate what should have been a momentous occasion: the 60th anniversary of signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European...

A Global Counter-Trump Movement is Taking Shape

A Global Counter-Trump Movement is Taking Shape

While the far right is on the march globally, there are signs progressives are stirring from their slumber. Let’s hope that Donald Trump is the political version of syrup of ipecac. The American system has been sick to its stomach for some time. Then along comes Donald Trump, America swallows...

Is Europe Headed for a Political and Financial Crisis in 2017?

Is Europe Headed for a Political and Financial Crisis in 2017?

Political upheaval threatens a breakup of the EU and shaky Italian banks mean a major financial crisis cannot be ruled out in the New Year. While most eyes are on the dramatic shifts possible for US economic policy as Donald Trump has been sworn in as president, similarly deep political currents...

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