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Cover: How “Islamic State” Recruits Fighters in Germany

Oct. 7, 2015

How “Islamic State” Recruits Fighters in Germany

Approaches to Effectively Preventing Islamist Radicalisation

There are over 7,000 Salafists living in Germany. Over 700 people have travelled to “IS”-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq from Germany, the number of “IS” returnees is on the rise. A historical-critical exegesis of the Quran, an expansion of Islamic religious education in schools, increased use of German as the medium in which sermons are delivered in mosques, employment of more Muslim chaplains, as well as websites aimed at young people that promote considered Islam can counter the alarming trend of increasing Islamist radicalisation.

Cover: Asylum seekers and refugees - What makes the average German tick?

Aug. 27, 2015

Asylum seekers and refugees - What makes the average German tick?

TV and online news all over the world recently pictured how German chancellor Angela Merkel was booed by a small group of right-wing interferers while visiting a shelter for refugees in Heidenau, Saxony. The refugee center near Dresden was the scene of two days of rioting by right-wing extremists before. This paper briefly examines the current public opinion in Germany based on the representative polls of the “Forschungsgruppe Wahlen”. A random sample of 1,251 Germans has been polled between 18-20 August 2015.

Cover: The 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship

June 2, 2015

The 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship

Urgent Need for Reform under Conditions of Russian Veto Power

A successful OSCE Chairmanship must not only strengthen trust in the organisation in Russia, but in all Eastern European states. Their concerns pertain to all three OSCE dimensions and require greater attention. The OSCE is not simply a platform for communication between the West and Russia alone.

Cover: Rail shot

Apr. 27, 2015

Rail shot

How populist EU opponents influence national politics

The European elections of May 2014 turned into a triumph for parties hostile or sceptical towards the EU. Their influence increased not only in the European Parliament but also at home.

Cover: Strategic Deliberations about the Future of German Security Policy

Apr. 24, 2015

Strategic Deliberations about the Future of German Security Policy

More than a year on from the speech President Joachim Gauck made at the Munich Security Conference, the impact of his words is still being felt. In view of the crises in Eastern Europe and in the Middle East, his demand for greater German engagement in international security policy has evoked particular resonance. Both crises remain unresolved, and there is every reason to assume that Germany will be faced with further challenges over the coming months.

Cover: EU Elections - Where Are the Voters?

Mar. 5, 2015

EU Elections - Where Are the Voters?

Study about the low turnout in new EU Member States

From 22 to 25 May 2014, EU citizens went to the polls to cast their votes for a new EU Parliament. Almost 60 per cent of eligible voters stayed away. Turnout throughout Europe was therefore lower than ever before in European Union history. An analysis of the figures for the 28 EU Member States shows that turnout was particularly low in countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which did not join the EU until 2004 and 2013 in the course of the eastern EU enlargement. Investigation of the underlying reasons for the low turnout and some recommendations for action on how turnout could be increased.

Cover: Islam - Islamism

Jan. 14, 2015

Islam - Islamism

Clarification for turbulent times

“No one is as murderously ‘Islamophobic’ as Islamists are.” These are the words used by the British journalist Nick Cohen several years ago to express the fact that it is Islamists in particular who do the greatest public damage to Islam. It is important and essential to make a clear and thorough distinction between Islam and Islamism. Islam is a complex and multi-faceted religion and ideology, and any simplified description reflects the thinking of precisely those representatives with whom this text is concerned.

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