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Failing of Jamaica and the Implications for Germany

The island in the Caribbean has in fact little to do with a political development in central Europe. Late on Sunday evening news from the coalition talks in Berlin shocked the German population and beyond: 8 weeks of continuous and long coalition talks after the German parliament elections came to an abrupt end. The parties that attempted to form a ... Read More »

Mein Kampf reissued: The clock is ticking

Approximately beginning 2016 there will be a republication of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Seventy years past Hitler’s death the copyrights of the Bavarian state are about to expire. To avoid commercial publications of Mein Kampf the Institute for Contemporary History is working on a commented edition. Although expiring copyrights have not been a new thing politicians in Bavaria struggled with ... Read More »

Why Tröglitz matters

On the eve of Easter Sunday a house went up in flames in the small village of Tröglitz in East Germany; the result of an arson attack. The building was supposed to accommodate 40 refugees from May onwards. This particular incident is illustrative for a change in German politics. Its implications might ultimately be felt in all of Europe. The ... Read More »

Escalation of Violence: ECB Opening in Frankfurt

More than 10.000 people filled the streets of Frankfurt for a peaceful protest on Wednesday, in regard to the event of the European Central Bank unveiling its new headquarters in the financial hub. As prior to the opening announced Blockupy, the organizer of the demonstration, an alliance of anti-capitalist social movement groups proclaimed mass actions to disturb the opening. Those ... Read More »

Never forget

While we are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, it is time to ask what the Holocaust means for young Germans today. How can Germany as a country deal with its Nazi-past? How are future generations going to remember this past, when there are no witnesses anymore to tell about the horror of genocide? ... Read More »

Die Energiewende: Germany’s Green Transformation

In the latest edition of our magazine, Japan’s path towards sustainable development was assessed with concluding lessons other states could learn from the country in the Far East. In this article another contender for rigorous green transformation appears: Germany. Can the Energy Transformation campaign prove that prowess and willpower can overcome the current political impotence? Indeed, Germany is taking a ... Read More »

Berlin Wall to be Torn Down for Luxury Flats

“Don’t tear down this wall!” This phrase may sound shocking to Berliners who lived for decades in a divided city and celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. But it is the rallying cry of the current protest in Berlin to preserve the East Side Gallery, a 1.3 kilometer section of the Berlin Wall in the Friedrichshain neighborhood. ... Read More »

The Ost-Hippies of the DDR

Flower Power, peace signs and thousands of young people listening to music while sitting in the mud and smoking weed. For many of us, the Woodstock festival of 1969 is a key example of our current perception of hippies. What is often forgotten though, is the generation of flower children at the other side of the Iron Curtain. Yet, these ... Read More »

No Payday for Madgermanes

East and West Germany reunited only three months before I was born. That makes my generation the first generation that is still alive that never knew Germany as being separated. As a member of that generation, I’m always surprised when I realise once again how little I know about that “other” Germany, the German Democratic Republic, although it existed for ... Read More »

600 Km For a Better Life

“In my country they kill you with guns, in this country they kill you with detentation centers“, says Omid, a 28 year old political activist from Iran who is demanding asylum in Germany. Omid is part of a group of asylum seekers who arrived from Würzbug (Bavaria) in Berlin last Friday, after a 600km food walk through the whole country.  ... Read More »