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Domestic Policy

A variety of reasons, including demographic change, global migration patterns, economic hardship, and climate change, demand that both Germany and the U.S. craft domestic policies that effectively address their populations’ concerns. This imperative is also seen in the political sphere, as voters make their voices heard in state, federal, and supranational elections.
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Germany’s Political Earthquake: Making Sense Of The Right Shift In Elections

Featuring Jack Janes via NPR on September 24, 2017.

Germany’s far-right AfD party gains seats in national parliament in major cultural shift

Featuring Jack Janes via USA Today on September 24, 2017.

Germans hand Chancellor Angela Merkel a historic fourth term

Featuring Jack Janes via USA Today on September 24, 2017.

German Chancellor Merkel’s unflappable style may carry her to an election victory Sunday

Featuring Jack Janes via the Los Angeles Times on September 21, 2017.

The Left Party: Left Over? Left Out? Or Left Turn?

The Left Party (Die Linke) is the story of the last twenty-seven years since German unification. It has been the largest of the three smaller parties in the Bundestag during …

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The German Election Only Looks Boring

The consensus on this week’s election in Germany is that it has been a boring campaign, it’s outcome a done deal, and that we can all look forward to four …

Angela Merkel: 4.0

On September 24, Angela Merkel is likely to match former chancellor Helmut Kohl by winning a fourth election to become Chancellor of Germany. Following that, the question is: what will be …

Far-right party likened to Nazis to shake up German parliament

Featuring Jack Janes via Reuters on September 17, 2017.

Baffled by the electoral college? Germany’s system might be more confusing

Featuring Jack Janes via CNBC on September 15, 2017.

Angela Merkel: 4.0

Op-ed by Jack Janes via Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe on September 8, 2017.

The CSU: Bavarian Partner and Power Player

One of the peculiarities of the German political landscape is the role of the Christian Social Union (CSU). A party whose reach is confined to the borders of Bavaria, it has …

Voting for the Eurozone on September 24th

The German elections are just over two weeks away on September 24.  Chancellor Angela Merkel is nearly certain to be reelected to a fourth term, so the main unknown surrounds …