Germany’s Refugees Face a Future Without Angela Merkel

April 08, 2021

In 2015, the European refugee crisis awoke Germans from a long and comforting slumber that Angela Merkel had lulled them into with her political style. The term “asymmetric demobilization” came to be known as a way of describing the German chancellor’s shrewd strategy of sitting on the fence...

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

February 23, 2021

If not for the familiar awkwardness of social distancing rules, the scene at the digital party conference of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) would have been fit for a daytime game show. With the theme from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” playing in the background and the CDU's...

Instagram Is a Strategic Communication Channel

July 02, 2020

Communication between governments and citizens has changed over the years. The digital era has provided state actors with new channels to spread their messages. Different channels offer different types of outreach. Nevertheless, successful communication requires consistency and...

The World This Week: Mama Merkel’s Kinder, Gentler Germany

September 12, 2015

Immigrants once contributed greatly to Germany and are exactly what the aging country with its plummeting birth rates needs. Angela Merkel is creating history. “Mama Merkel” has thrown open the doors of her once racially homogenous country to thousands fleeing to Europe. The refugee crisis...

Germany Needs To Get Its Economic Act Together

March 27, 2015

Citizens of the eurozone should pay close attention to economic policy debate about Germany. Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for Economic Reform, has some critical things to say about Germany’s economic policy in a recent publication. He says Germany is not serving its own...

From Shame to Pride: The Fall of the Berlin Wall Through German Eyes

November 09, 2014

Celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall is a way of not only remembering, but also overcoming Germany’s difficult history. Twenty-five years ago, on November 9, 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall was celebrated around the world. A happier ending couldn’t have been produced in Hollywood....

Can Erdogan Live with a European Kidney?

February 24, 2014

With domestic issues at play, Turkey has an eye on the EU. Germany’s new foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who replaced Guido Westerwelle following the 2013 general elections, is famous for having donated one of his kidneys to his wife in 2010. His sacrifice attests a noble devotion...