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50 years of Germany in the UN

The world in transition – Uniting for Peace?

A look at the past 50 years shows that Germany can successfully set a course: as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, through its membership in the Human Rights Council as well as in other UN bodies. The Namibia Initiative, the mediation between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s, participation in peace and stabilization missions, advocacy for the International Criminal Court or support for a special Ukraine-Tribunal, are all important steps to make the future on this planet safer, more peaceful, and sustainable.

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The future of statutory health insurance in Germany

Interview with Dr Jochen Pimpertz – a conversation about the solidarity principle, intergenerational equity and a funded second pillar of financing

The German healthcare system is facing major challenges. Besides the constant medical and technical progress, in particular the aging of society is leading to a widening gap between the revenue base and the expenditure burden of the statutory health insurance system. How can the system be made sustainable for future generations and intergenerational solidarity be preserved?

IMAGO / Jan Huebner

Die Alternative für Deutschland 

On its environment, ideology and how it understands politics

Since its founding in 2013, the Alternative for Germany has undergone a transformation in its programmatic and strategic orientation. From the outset, a pronounced "anti-establishment attitude" was a unifying factor. Today, this is complemented by a positioning in the party system that is driven, in particular, by the AfD's forefront – the extreme New Right with its "friend-or-foe" thinking. This makes the party part of a milieu that relies on "cultural hegemony from the right" – a hegemony of ethnocultural unity, among other things. The party's positions in the fields of democracy, the concept of the people, and the image of history correspond with this thinking. This text presents strategies and ideologems in the milieu of the AfD as well as the AfD itself, its program and understanding of politics.

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Generation is less than Age

Representative surveys on age differences in voting behaviour, values, anxieties and political participation

Results of German federal elections differ considerably between the young and the elderly. Considering reports on supposed major differences between Booms, GenZ and other generations this may seem obvious. However, how real are the differences supposed to result from experiences and circumstances during adolescence? Based on representative surveys the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung researched these questions in detail. The answer in short: There are not generation differences.


ChancenZeit – Time of opportunities

Discussions about the future of a service to society

he introduction of a mandatory “Gesellschaftsjahr” (society year) has been discussed by German politicians and society for some years now. The idea is that young adults, after completing their schooling, would be required to spend a year serving society in an area of their free choice, i.e. in a social, cultural, ecological or charitable institution or, alternatively, in the German armed forces. What do young people themselves think about service to society and how should it be structured in the future?


Geopolitics in the South China Sea

Military Rearmament and Consequences for Europe

Besides the Taiwan issue, the South China Sea is currently the geopolitical hotspot in the Indo-Pacific. China's ultimate claim to nearly 90 percent of the sea area is causing territorial disputes with Southeast Asian littoral states and fueling tensions with power rival the United States in the region.

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“You don’t know what the future holds …”

Results of two representative trend surveys

The study shows changes in the political attitudes of the population between December 2022 and June 2023. How did satisfaction with democracy and trust in institutions develop? How optimistic are citizens about the future? How do attitudes differ between East and West Germany and between the various party supporters? How are party sympathies changing? The study explores these questions with the help of two representative surveys conducted six months apart.

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“It's all been proven”

Results from representative and qualitative surveys on conspiracy theories in Germany

Our study shows how widespread conspiracy theories are among the German population. In which groups of the population does approval turn out to be higher? Which party supporters stand out? Which conspiracy theories are anchored in people's minds and how? Which conspiracies have been solidified by the Corona pandemic? What does it mean when people are immersed in the world of conspiracy theories? Analysis of representative survey data and qualitative in-depth interviews sheds light on these questions.

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Germany's new China Strategy: Going with the wind

Some thoughts and reflections

On July 13 the German government published its first China strategy. In a nutshell it is a plea to German businesses to diversify their supply chains in time to avoid economic collateral damage in times of geopolitical tension. The paper, which is available both, in German and English,wants to send a signal to Beijing as well as to German partners in Europe and the world: We have come to understand, first, that the world is fundamentally changing; second, that this is directly related to China's domestic and foreign policy actions; and third, that the conclusion has been drawn that we need to be prepared for potential conflicts and growing divergences in our relations with Beijing. It remains open, however, whether, how and to what extent the federal government will provide financial resources to implement the intended policy directions. The strategy does not provide for adjustments to existing structures. Thus, it remains difficult for the German government to bring coherence to its China policy.

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Anti-Semitic Attitudes in Germany

Representative survey on the prevalence of anti-Semitic Attitudes in the German Population

Our study shows how widespread anti-Semitic attitudes are among the German population. In which population groups does approval turn out to be higher? What is the relationship between attitudes in the area of anti-Semitism and extremism or conspiracy beliefs? Which party supporters stand out? The analysis of representative survey data and qualitative in-depth interviews sheds light on these questions.

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About this series

The Monitor series deals with one main topic at a time from the perspective of KAS experts and places it in the political and social context on the basis of a few key points.

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The current main topics are “Development policy”, “Sustainability” and “Election and social research”. The contributions of these sub-series are presented for you on separate overview pages in addition to the overall series.