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Redemption of the Staatsleistungen

Suggestion for the fulfillment of the constitutional duty to redeem the Staatsleistungen under Article 140 Basic Law in conjunction with Article 138 (1) Weimar Constitution

The constitutional mandate to redeem the Staatsleistungen under Article 140 of the Basic Law in conjunction with Article 138 (1) of the Weimar Constitution has not yet been fulfilled, despite the intention of the current governing coalition. Various approaches are conceivable as to how this essentially fiscal task can be appropriately realized.

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Deep-Sea Mining

Balancing resource opportunities with the ecological risks

Rising demand for critical raw materials is increasingly moving the focus to the deep sea realm with its vast mineral wealth. Mining is controversial, however, as there are fears of severe environmental damage. The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is currently developing rules to regulate mineral extraction. Germany advocates avoiding deep-sea mining until risks have been sufficiently researched and appropriate mining rules elaborated.

IMAGO / Bernd Elmenthaler

The missed opportunity: An analysis does not make a strategy

German Federal government publishes first national security strategy

Following the White Paper of the Federal Ministry of Defense from 2016, the German Federal Government has now published a comprehensive national security strategy – for the first time ever. The Federal Foreign Office was in charge, other ministries as well as the Federal Chancellery were closely involved in the development process. The National Security Strategy published on June 14, 2023 comes at a time of multiple crises and conflicts: Russia is not only attacking Ukraine, but is directing its aggression against the entire free democratic world. Does the national security strategy reach all aims?

Tobias Koch

A conversation about "God and the world" with Thomas Rachel MdB

A look at current challenges in religion and politics before the Evangelical Church Congress 2023 in Nuremberg.

From 7 - 11 June, the Protestant Church Congress will take place in Nuremberg under the slogan "NOW is the TIME". We will be talking about "God and the world" with Thomas Rachel MdB, former Parliamentary State Secretary and spokesperson on church policy for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group.

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Is politics worthwhile on TikTok?

Empirical Study on the Use of TikTok and Political Information on the Platform

TikTok is widespread and popular among young people. A qualitative study by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung explores how young individuals use the app and navigate political information on it. TikTok is primarily an entertainment app where political information is accepted mainly in the form of entertainment. The study discusses whether and in what ways political actors and political education can utilize the platform.

KAS/Jana Reimann-Grohs

Digital voting at last! The Social Election 2023

Interview with Peter Weiß (MdB, CDU), Federal Election Commissioner for the Social Election 2023

From April to the end of May 2023, all citizens eligible to vote are encouraged to cast their ballot. Who is allowed to enter the social parliaments is of decisive importance for the future shape of social insurance in Germany. Thus, the course of the substitute insurance funds and the German pension insurance will be actively determined. For the first time in a nationwide election, it is now also possible to vote digitally. On this occasion, we met with Peter Weiß for an interview. His main task was to prepare and conduct the social insurance elections in 2023.

IMAGO / Peter Schickert

Election analysis of the parliamentary elections in Bremen on 14 May 2023

Report on the preliminary final result, the main determinants as well as voter migration and social structure

The election to the Bremen Parliament is characterised by the people and issues on the ground. The SPD consolidates and becomes the strongest force with 29.8 per cent. The CDU comes second with 26.2 per cent and maintains its good result from 2019. The Greens, on the other hand, lose significantly and reach 11.9 per cent. The Left Party remains at the same level as its pre-election result with 10.9 per cent. Based on the pre-election polls, the role of the leading candidates, the most important political issues and party competences for the election result is analysed.

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Labor Market Integration of Migrants in Germany

Overview and lessons for future integration policies

In the last decade, the employment of foreign nationals has significantly increased. These are positive developments. However, imbalances are also evident: foreign nationals are disproportionately employed in helper occupations and disproportionately receive SGB-II benefits. They are thus much more affected by poverty, risk of poverty, and unemployment than others. To prevent a socio-demographic gap from forming and solidifying between groups of different backgrounds and to strengthen participation, a significant increase in support and demand is necessary in the areas of education, qualification, and labor market integration.

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Generations across generations – Results from qualitative group discussions

Social analysis of attitudes and values of different generations in Germany

Our study shows: No generational conflicts are negotiated between the generations, even if different interests exist due to the specific life situation. The digital transformation of society and the mastery of change are discussed in age groups. Older participants in particular are afraid of being left behind in society, of no longer being able to keep up. But insecurities are also visible among younger people. The crises of recent years and decades shape the participants' perceptions and in some cases lead to fatalistic assessments.

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Religionsfreiheit – Bedeutung, Recht und globale Herausforderung

Unveräußerliches Menschenrecht und Eckpfeiler einer freien und demokratischen Gesellschaft.

Die Freiheit, einen religiösen Glauben nach eigenem Ermessen zu wählen und auszuüben ist ein grundlegendes Menschenrecht, das in den meisten Verfassungen verankert ist. Doch was genau bedeutet Religionsfreiheit? Und wie kann eine offene und respektvolle Debatte zur Religionsfreiheit dazu beitragen, mögliche Konflikte zu lösen und das friedliche Zusammenleben zu fördern? In Deutschland, einem Land mit einer zunehmend vielfältigen religiösen Landschaft, ist die Religionsfreiheit von besonderer Bedeutung, um sicherzustellen, dass jeder Mensch das Recht hat, seinen Glauben frei zu wählen und auszuüben. Globale Trends wie religiöse Intoleranz, Diskriminierung und Verfolgung machen die Wahrung der Religionsfreiheit zu einem dringenden Anliegen. In diesem Basistext werden das Konzept der Religionsfreiheit und ihre Bedeutung in Deutschland sowie die globalen Trends untersucht.

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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.