Neat summary of where we stand by Isabelle Hertner
Four links on the Great German Refugee/Immigration Crisis Carnival
I know that definitions are so 1996, but here are some that bear repeating: Migrant “A person who is to be engaged, is engaged or has been engaged in a remunerated activity in a State of which he or she is not a national” (UN Convention on the rights of Migrants) Refugee “someone who has…
Interview with AFP on Merkel and the fallout from the Berlin election
A friendly chat with AFP became part of their story on the fallout from the Berlin election. Incidentally, the text was widely cross-published in Asia, and so I’m becoming a household name in Vietnam, China, and Pakistan 🙂 [contentcards url="https://www.yahoo.com/news/merkel-party-loses-ground-populist-afd-gains-berlin-161629578.html"]
Interview with Handelsblatt Global on the eve of the Berlin election
Handelsblatt Global has a piece on the upcoming state election in Berlin. I try to evaluate the consequences of the likely result for federal politics. [contentcards url="https://global.handelsblatt.com/politics/merkel-faces-another-bruising-vote-608508"]
Merkel, the upcoming Land elections, and the AfD (Handelsblatt Global)
[contentcards url="https://global.handelsblatt.com/edition/387/ressort/politics/article/merkel-braces-for-bruising-encounter-with-the-electorate"] Over at Handelsblatt Global, Siobhán Dowling has another excellent article on the state of German (state) politics, with a little input from yours truly.
Refugees: A fresh rift in Germany’s governing coalition?
On Friday, a day after the great refugee compromise between CDU, CSU, SPD, and the minister presidents was announced, Home Affairs minister Thomas de Maiziere created a medium-sized stir by presenting plans that would reduce the level of protection granted to refugees from Syria. None such measure had been agreed the day before. By Saturday,…
Is there potential for anti-refugee left-wing populism in Germany?
In the last couple of weeks, much has been said and written about the turning tide in German public opinion on refugees, the growing rift between Merkel and the CSU, the potential of a back-bench rebellion against the chancellor and party leader etc. But one of the most interesting (in my book) details is buried…
Op-Ed for Quartz: “Angela Merkel’s not looking as victorious as she did a few days ago”
Angela Merkel’s triumph in the 2013 election was historic, but it came at a price. I discuss the likely impact on Europe in an opinion piece for Quartz, the Atlantic’s business news journal.
Germany’s Merkel looks for ‘grand coalition’ – Features – Al Jazeera English
Interview with Al Jazeera’s Sam Bollier on the prospects of forming a Grand Coalition (CDU/SPD) after Merkel’s resounding victory. Germany’s Merkel looks for ‘grand coalition’ – Features – Al Jazeera English.
What Happens If No One Wants to Govern with Merkel? Are We All Belgians Now?
In Germany, people begin to realise that Merkel may have painted herself into a corner by winning so gloriously. While her Christian Democrats are by far the largest party group in the new Bundestag, she needs a coalition partner, but nobody wants to play. Merkel may have painted herself into a corner by winning so gloriously. This could still end in new elections or a minority government