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The Future of Transatlantic Security

Bolstering the Transatlantic Partnership: What do we expect from each other? The American-German Institute (AGI) in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Defence hosted a workshop on “The Future of …

President Biden’s Recognition of the 1915 Armenian Genocide

Will the German Government Follow? On April 24, 2021, President Joe Biden recognized as a genocide the mass killings by the crumbling Ottoman Empire of 1.5 million Armenians, beginning in …

AGI Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s Transatlantic Legacy?

AGI asks: What is Chancellor Angela Merkel’s transatlantic legacy? How has the partnership fared under Merkel, and what challenges are left for her successor? John Kornblum AGI Trustee As she …

Germany intends to restitute artworks from the Kingdom of Benin (“Benin Bronzes”) to Nigeria

On April 30, 2021, Germany’s Culture Minister Monika Grütters announced that restitution of a “substantial” portion of Benin artworks that are held in German museums to Nigeria will begin next …

A Historic Choice?

The Bundestag Election on September 26, 2021 Every election is a “historic” one, as we regularly learn from the candidates. But the federal election in Germany on September 26 is …

The Diplomacy of Genocide

President Biden’s Recognition of the Armenian Genocide On the 106th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, April 24, 2021, President Biden issued a statement honoring the memory of Armenians who perished. …

The Left Party in Superwahljahr 2021

If recent history is any guide, the 2021 German federal election will once again raise the question of whether the Left Party’s (Die Linke) cup is half-empty or half-full. As …

The Left Party in the 2021 Election Campaign

Fourteen years ago in 2007, the party named Die Linke was formed from the merger of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) and Labour & Social Justice – The Electoral …

With the Chancellor Candidates Selected, the Election Campaign Heats Up

Postwar German politics has been characterized by long periods of stability associated with dominant chancellors (Adenauer, Kohl, Merkel, Brandt/Schmidt) followed by a shorter period of upheaval and transition (Erhard/Kiesinger, Schröder), …

Annalena Baerbock: The Greens’ Ambitious Bet that Germans Want Change and Renewal

What might the Greens’ strength mean for the transatlantic relationship? A great start is just a start, and there are five months to go until Germany’s September 26 Bundestag election. …

The Transatlantic Community after Trump

Too much harmony will help neither the Germans nor Biden The multilateral postwar order is collapsing. If democracy is to survive and flourish, trans-Atlantic cooperation will require a new narrative …

The Surprising Strength of the Greens

Inspecting the German Greens in the election year 2021 Current opinion polls place the German Alliance 90/The Greens well above 20 percent, clearly in front of the Social Democrats and …