Facts & Findings

The federal election of September 24, 2017

Despite severe losses the two Christian democratic parties attained important strategic goals. They remained as the strongest political forces in Germany. There is no winning coalition without them possible and Angela Merkel will be Germany’s next chancellor. The Social democrats gained 20.5 per cent of the votes. This is the worst result the Social democrats got in an election since the foundation of the Federal Republic. Largest gains got the Alternative for Germany (AfD). The party received 12.6 per cent and will form the third-largest group in the 19th German Bundestag. Karsten Grabow, Sep. 26, 2017 more...

Germany’s “Islampolitik”

Old problems, new challenges, current debates
For decades, Germany has struggled to give Islam equal legal status to the established religions. Recent challenges and developments brought back some dynamism to the present immovable state of affairs. Most notably, the legal situation of Islam and Muslim organizations is currently in a process of reassessment. Additionally, politicians, academics and commentators have brought up several proposals about the strengthening of loyalty of Muslims towards state and society in Germany. These debates demonstrate the need for a major restatement of Germany’s “Islampolitik”. Andreas Jacobs, Aug. 8, 2017 more...

A New Dynamic in European Security Policy

Thoughts on the European Commission’s Reflection Paper
The European Commission's Reflection Paper on defense and security is an example of the new dynamic in the European Union's Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). This analysis describes key elements of the Reflection Paper in the context of other current initiatives designed to strengthen CSDP, explains the reactions from various players, and outlines what remains to be done to improve European security through more effective EU cooperation. Olaf Wientzek, Patrick Keller, July 19, 2017 more...

Disruptions to political opinion

Political debate in the age of echo chambers and filter bubbles
Our society is in the midst of a digital revolution, the effects of which on our future are far from predictable. People can get information about political issues without too much effort, including via foreign media or activists’ websites. Even private political communication has been liberated, inciting debate with others via the various social media platforms. Does the current wave of online misinformation mean a threat to the principles of democracy? Does the filter-bubble exist? Do we need a new infrastructure for political debate? Simon Hegelich, Morteza Shahrezaye, July 3, 2017 more...

Business as Usual in Brussels? NATO’s strategic outlook under Trump

In response to Russia's aggression, NATO has re-emphasized territorial defense and has strengthened its deterrence posture in Europe's East. Questions remain, however, regarding the credibility and durability of that posture. Further, the unstable situation in Northern Africa and the Middle East creates anxiety for European allies. With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, a dose of uncertainty about the viability of the transatlantic bond has been introduced into alliance affairs. This paper analyzes NATO's strategic situation and gives recommendations on how to proceed. Aylin Matlé, Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja, May 23, 2017 more...

Lessons from the stress test

What the EU has learned – and still needs to learn – from the refugee crisis
Over the last 20 months, the EU has come under a great deal of criticism regarding its response to the refugee crisis. From outside of Europe, the EU has been accused of a lack of political will and common purpose. However, the external criticism was exceeded by far by the opposition from some of the Member States and its exaggerated depiction as a policy of non-compliance by some of the media. Contact to the authors: Christina.Krause@kas.de; Olaf.Wientzek@kas.de Christina Catherine Krause, Olaf Wientzek, Feb. 28, 2017 more...

Christians in Syria

Current Situation and Future Outlook
Syria is said to be a secular country which guarantees religious freedom. While that has never been the case, the country’s Christians were able to live their faith without experiencing any serious problems up to 2010. Many church leaders hope that situation will return, as do many Christians. The civil war has already cost over 500,000 lives, 6.5 million Syrians are now internally displaced persons and there are almost 5 million refugees. The number of Christians has dropped by half. They have fled the war, the regime and the Islamists. Will they return to Syria once the conflict is over? Otmar Oehring, Feb. 7, 2017 more...

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