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Italy’s Revolving Political Door

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti’s sudden decision to pull the plug on his own government sent shockwaves across Europe and spooked investors. In fact, many observers squarely attacked former Italian …

Zusammenfassung: Es geht nicht nur ums Geld

Seit mehr als zwei Jahren hat die europäische Schuldenkrise Amerika und Deutschland geholfen, die Folgen der großen Rezession zu überwinden. Beide Länder werden als Zufluchtsort für Anlagen gesehen und haben …

From Separating to Integrating Foreign and Domestic Security Policy in Germany – Toward a Cultural Turn in Security?

The use of military force in the Federal Republic of Germany has been restricted by the constitution since the nation’s founding. Based on the experience of the political abuse of …

An Exercise in External Reconciliation

With the EU accepting its Peace and Reconciliation Nobel Prize, it is worth a look at an example of the EU using its reconciliation experience, specifically  in the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This essay …

Merkel’s Political Strategy

In this recent commentary originally published by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Prof. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte compares the election strategies of President Obama as he sought a second term and Chancellor Merkel as …

Merkel and the CDU: “A Safe Hand and a Clear Compass”

“A strong Germany—with chances for all!” was the motto of the CDU’s national party conference that took place in Hanover this week, the last of that kind before next year’s …

Scenarios for the Future of the EU: Disintegrating, Diffident or Decisive?

Three Scenarios As the U.S. recalibrates its relationship with the EU in the second Obama administration, it behooves observers to contemplate different trajectories for the EU’s future. The three possible …

Domestic Victories, European Challenges

With 97.94% of votes cast in her favor, the German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) Angela Merkel could not be happier. At their party convention in …

The Price of a Political Brand

Given the enormous difference in origin of two political leaders like Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, it may not be as obvious at first glance how many similarities they actually …

Europe’s Fiscal Cliffs

The recent failure to reach a consensus on the EU budget in Brussels came as no surprise. The battle lines had been drawn well before the impasse was declared official …

The Waiting Game

Despite a flurry of Anglophone media reports suggesting that the results of the latest regional election in the Spanish region of Catalunya has increased the likelihood of a vote on …

The State of the West

These remarks given by Richard W. Fisher at the recent “State of the West” Symposium at Stanford University take a look at the economic situation of the Western United States, …