Angela Merkel, Her Opponents, and Marriage Equality in Germany

By Dr. K. Louise-Davidson-Schmich On Friday June 30th, in its last meeting before the summer holiday and the fall 2017 election, the German parliament suddenly voted to allow gays and lesbians to marry. This legislation was proposed by leftist parties in Germany’s upper house (the Bundesrat) and placed on the agenda of the lower house… Read More Angela Merkel, Her Opponents, and Marriage Equality in Germany

Merkel’s way looks clear after German regional elections derail her main rival

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has won a resounding victory in a regional election in Germany’s most populous state, North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). The CDU is now in pole position to be the largest party when Germany next goes to the polls in September. But Merkel won’t be taking anything for granted just yet. The impressive… Read More Merkel’s way looks clear after German regional elections derail her main rival

The end of the ‘Schulz Surge’?

Most of the political world was looking to France on Sunday, but election hipsters were keeping an eye on Germany, too. The 2.3 million voters of Schleswig-Holstein (SH), Germany’s most northerly state, had the opportunity not just to pass judgement on politics in their home ‘Land’ but also to send (potentially a variety of) messages… Read More The end of the ‘Schulz Surge’?

IASGP Annual Conference

43rd Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP) Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU 30-31 May 2017   Tuesday 30th May Registration and Coffee                                                                                    10:00 – 10:30 Welcome from the IASGP Chair                                                                     10:30 – 10:45 Panel 1: German Foreign Policy In Challenging Times (1)                     10:45 – 12:00 Chair:… Read More IASGP Annual Conference

Peter Eckersley: Why are English and German councils addressing climate change in different ways?

How much ‘authority’ do local authorities have when it comes to climate policy-making? And how does this relate to the reasons why local government was set up in the first place? The 2015 Paris agreement on climate change will come into force on 4th November 2016. However, persuading national governments to sign and then ratify… Read More Peter Eckersley: Why are English and German councils addressing climate change in different ways?

Henrik Scheller: Rising populism shows the need for fresh thinking on the EU

The Brexit vote should prompt researchers to forge a new understanding of how the EU works and a new vision of what it should achieve, says Henrik Scheller. The Brexit referendum has laid bare the peculiar interplay of integration and disintegration that has been a core feature of EU politics since at least the outbreak… Read More Henrik Scheller: Rising populism shows the need for fresh thinking on the EU

Jon Olsen: The Landtagswahl in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MV); What did we learn?

Otto von Bismarck once quipped that “if the world ends, I’m going to Mecklenburg: everything happens there fifty years later.”  Long known as something of a backwater, it’s a rare thing indeed that Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (MV) would come to international attention. Yet stunning results in its state election on September 4th have shone a spotlight… Read More Jon Olsen: The Landtagswahl in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MV); What did we learn?

Dan Hough: German MPs and the politics of fountain pens

Any Brits reading German newspapers this week may well have felt a strange sense of déjà vu. Germany has its very own parliamentary expenses drama to deal with, and it has echoes of the 2008 episode that shook the UK’s political establishment. No matter how the so-called ‘Montblanc Affair’ pans out, a number of former… Read More Dan Hough: German MPs and the politics of fountain pens

2016 programme for the IASGP conference in Prague

The conference takes place under the auspices of H.E. Arndt Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven, the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to the Czech Republic and H.M. Tomáš Zima, the Rector of Charles University in Prague 42nd Annual Conference  Goethe-Institute Prague, Masarykovo nábr. 32, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic  16th– 17th June 2016  Annual Conference of the… Read More 2016 programme for the IASGP conference in Prague

New book out now! Varianten und Dynamiken der Politikverflechtung im deutschen Bundesstaat

Varianten und Dynamiken der Politikverflechtung im deutschen Bundesstaat Von Univ.-Prof. Dr. Arthur Benz, Jessica Detemple, Dr. Dominic Heinz Der deutsche Bundesstaat wird oft wegen der starken Politikverflechtung als ineffektiv und inflexibel kritisiert. Das vorliegende Buch stellt diese pauschale Einschätzung in Frage. Die theoretischen Überlegungen und Fallstudien zu den Gemeinschaftsaufgaben nach Art. 91 a GG, der… Read More New book out now! Varianten und Dynamiken der Politikverflechtung im deutschen Bundesstaat