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Election 2017
"Perhaps it's a useful dose of realism: As it turns out, Germany is not so exceptional after all."  (Slate, 9/24/17; The Washington Post, 9/24/17; The Economist, 9/25/17; Spiegel Online - International, 9/25/17)

Election 2017
"Raw emotion, anger, last-minute legal skirmishes, plenty of controversy and a highly uncertain outcome"—the Tegel airport referendum has everything the general election lacks.  (Financial Times, 9/21/17)

Election 2017
"Aufgeschoben ist nicht aufgehoben." Yascha Mounk explains why Germany's upcoming election is actually not a meaningless snooze-fest.  (Slate, 9/13/17) 

Election 2017
From Genderwahn to merkeln, Simon Kuper brings us a helpful vocabulary guide for the German election.  (Financial Times, 8/31/17)

The Germans have helpful experience in dealing with neo-Nazis, too.  (The New York Times, 8/17/17; The Conversation, 8/21/17; The New York Times, 8/23/17)

Election 2017
Oh, how I love German election posters!  (Deutsche Welle, 8/9/17; The Awl, 9/7/17; Buzzfeed, 9/20/17)

"Vorsprung durch Cheating"? It seems that Daimler, BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen have been secretly coordinated technical standards, pricing, and other matters for years.  (Politico, 7/25/17; Spiegel Online - International, 7/27/17; Financial Times, 8/1/17)

Election 2017
"Suddenly Merkel’s astonishing trajectory—from the ash heap of the failed Soviet Empire to becoming the West’s best hope—makes perfect sense: Endure, observe, listen, keep your own counsel, and work twice as hard as the men."  (Vogue, 7/18/17; The New York Times, 7/23/17; Handelsblatt Global, 8/4/17; Financial Times, 9/14/17)

Yes, there is a German Spelling Council, and it gets to create new letters and tell us how to use them. SCHEIẞE!  (The Awl, 7/5/17; The Local, 7/11/17; Quartz, 7/20/17)

A chance comment by Angela Merkel became her very own "Schabowski moment," leading to the legalization of same-sex marriage less than one week later.  (Politico, 6/30/17; The Washington Post, 6/30/17; The Economist, 7/1/17)

Business at the port is down, but spirits at the Elbphilharmonie are up. After the G20 summit is over, what will Hamburg's future look like?  (Spiegel Online - International, 6/26/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
"The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over."  (The Economist, 5/28/17; The New York Times, 5/28/17; The Washington Post, 5/28/17; The American Interest, 5/29/17; The Berlin Policy Journal, 5/30/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
"The Germans are bad, very bad."  (Slate, 5/25/17; Bloomberg, 5/26/17; Handelsblatt Global, 5/26/17; Spiegel Online - International, 5/26/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
"So, in conclusion, Der Spiegel is hella good at headlines that mine the multivalence of the German language, and Barack Obama is somehow still supposed to save us all from an eternal fiery hell-scape where candidates for elected office can beat journalists up on camera and it helps their chances to win."  (The Awl, 5/25/17)

"Good institutions thwart radicalism": in praise of boring German politics.  (Foreign Affairs, 5/17/17)

The "two Germanys" theory is back (with an extra helping of water metaphors!) to explain German attitudes towards Brexit. (New Statesman, 5/15/17)  

Handshakes, not burqas? Thomas de Maizière reignites the German Leitkultur debate.  (The Guardian, 5/5/17; The New York Times, 5/10/17; German Joys, 5/11/17)

"What if a city"—let's say Berlin— allowed a huge regeneration project to be led, not by the wealthiest property developer, but by the club owners who put on the best parties in town?"  (The Guardian, 4/30/17)

German citizenship has gotten a lot more appealing for the U.K. and U.S. descendants of those who were once persecuted and fled Hitler's Germany.  (Handelsblatt Global, 4/28/17; NPR, 5/9/17)

"The storied city of Weimar, Germany (population 65,000) absorbed 900 refugees in a year."  Here's a compelling investigation of the new stories that are currently unfolding there.  (The New York Times, 4/28/17; The New York Times, 5/2/17)

"But it's increasingly clear that one country's allegedly evidence-based Besserwisserei is another country's intolerable smugness."  (Foreign Policy, 4/27/17)

"Hitler and the Nazis still, for many obvious reasons, provide the grim benchmark for the worst of what politics and humanity can become. But the temptation to invoke him to score a political point is one best left alone."  (The Washington Post, 4/12/17)

"In Donald Trump we may have another Wilhelm II on our hands — someone who poses a danger, not because he is intent on evil, but because he is erratic, unpredictable, and totally oblivious to how others may interpret his words and deeds."  (The Spectator, 4/8/17; The Washington Post, 5/2/17)

"The easy times of postfeminism are over," says Alice Schwarzer.  Her feminist magazine EMMA just turned 40.  (The New York Times, 3/31/17)

Berlin, of course: "Nowhere else outside Moscow and St Petersburg boasts so many Russian painters, musicians, composers and writers, drawn by the city’s cheap rents and alternative vibe."  (Financial Times, 3/24/17)

Yes, parts of SPD candidate Martin Schulz's "tune might sound like nationalism. But it might just be Social Democracy taken out of the freezer, where it had been placed by the neoliberal left in the 1990s."  (The New York Times, 3/23/17)

Are Germany's cybersecurity experts ready for the inevitable onslaught ahead?  (Politico, 3/21/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
When Merkel met Trump . . . low expectations were duly met.  (The Economist, 3/18/17; The New York Times, 3/18/17; AICGS, 3/22/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
Welcome to "the old German nightmare: the fear of being a large, isolated power at the centre of Europe." But this time "Germany's current loneliness has very little to do with the country's own malign behaviour."  (Financial Times, 3/6/17)

"While others saw refugees, this German professor saw human potential."  (NPR, 2/9/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
"West Germans of Senfft’s generation knew how fragile democracy was, and did the daily work of strengthening it."  (Financial Times, 2/8/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
What does the decline of democracy look like? Ask a German historian.  (Die Zeit, 2/1/17; Los Angeles Review of Books, 2/5/17; Gothamist, 2/6/17; Slate, 2/10/17; The New York Review of Books, 2/26/17; The Nation, 2/28/17; The New York Review of Books, 4/20/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
"For Germany, Trump poses a threat with no clear solution."  (Foreign Affairs, 1/29/17; German Marshall Fund, 2/3/17; Spiegel Online - International, 2/5/17; The New York Times, 2/6/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
Angela Merkel has been "outfoxing, outlasting, and outmaneuvering full-of-themselves male rivals" for a very long time.  (Foreign Policy, 1/31/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
"Sometimes," writes Malte Lehming, "being aware of the tragedy is enough to prevent the farce from happening. Thanks, Trump voters!"  (The Washington Post, 1/26/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
In Germany, it's no longer illegal to insult foreign heads of state.  (The Washington Post, 1/25/17)

"Germany has a soccer team made up entirely of writers."  (PRI, 1/24/17)

Germany, the United States, and the new world disorder
"The best anyone can say about German-American relations these days is that, for the time being, they are dangerously lost in translation."  (The New York Times, 1/20/17)

Just in time for an anxious election season, Germany's political fringe showcases its own charismatic xenophobe.  (The New York Times, 1/18/17)

From the vantage point of a small town on the Starnberger See, Renata Adler contemplates the prospects for Germany's unprecedented experiment in welcoming refugees.  (Lapham's Quarterly, Winter 2017)