IMAGO / Christian Ohde

No state, my rules

Representative survey on the prevalence of Reichsbürger-affine attitudes in the German population

Our study shows how widespread a closeness to the ideas of the so-called Reich Citizens movement is among the German population and what characterises the group of people who have an affinity to the Reich Citizens. How is the acceptance of state rules and to what extent is violence accepted? Which party supporters stand out? The analysis of representative survey data and qualitative in-depth interviews shed light on these questions.

Reuters / Eric Gaillard

Klar zur „Wasserwende“?

Die nationale Wasserstrategie der Bundesregierung

Der diesjährige Weltwassertag der Vereinten Nationen am 22. März steht unter dem Motto „Accelerating Change“ und ruft zu einer Beschleunigung und Intensivierung der Bemühungen um eine nachhaltige Wassernutzung auf allen Ebenen – national wie international – auf. Am 15. März 2023 hat das Bundeskabinett die Nationale Wasserstrategie der Bundesregierung verabschiedet: Angesichts der Folgen des Klimawandels will die Bundesregierung mit Fokus auf zehn strategische Themen die „Wasserwende“ einläuten und die Transformation in der Wasserwirtschaft beschleunigen.

Adobe / Pixel-Shot

Which News Can Still Be Trusted?

Fear of Fake News and Trust in Public Media – A Representative Survey

In representative surveys, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation has investigated the extent to which people fear the spread of disinformation and whether they trust public service media. In particular, we take a look at possible changes in perceptions of the problem of disinformation and trust in public service media in light of the Russian attack on Ukraine.

Reuters/Thilo Schmuelgen

Radical climate activism

Representative survey on the prevalence of radical attitudes on the issue of climate protection

This study explores the question of how high the acceptance of non-peaceful means in the fight for climate protection is among the population. How widespread are radical attitudes on this issue, including acceptance of violence, in society? The analysis of representative survey data and qualitative in-depth interviews sheds light on these questions.

Landesarchiv Berlin / Thomas Platow

Analysis of the rerun election for the Berlin House of Representatives on 12 February 2023

Report on the preliminary final result, the main voting determinants, voter migration and social structure.

The CDU wins the election with a large distance to the other parties. It gains 10.2 percentage points compared to the 2021 election and achieves 28.2 percent of the second votes. The parties of the governing coalition of SPD, Greens and Left lose. The SPD has its historically lowest result in Berlin for the third time in a row. The FDP fails to clear the five-percent hurdle. Compared to other federal states, the election is characterized by particularly low degrees of satisfaction at all levels.

Energy Mix in Germany

Gas and nuclear energy accepted as a temporary solution

Due to developments in the energy market, the question of what energy mix Germans prefer until energy demand can be met by renewable energy is being raised again. The hierarchy is clear. Half of the Germans consider gas suitable for intermediate use. In the case of nuclear energy, 44% advocate its use until renewable energies can cover energy demand. Coal, on the other hand, is considered suitable for intermediate use by only a minority. 25% believe that coal should be used more or equally in the future.

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One Child – many Parents

Discussion paper about “Verantwortungsgemeinschaften” in the coalition agreement (2021-2025) as a possible legal framework for multiple-parent-families (“Regenbogenfamilien”)

The major reform of family law planned by the federal government includes the new legal institution of the "community of responsibility". Associations in the queer context have great expectations of the new legal institute, which is supposed to legally secure the new family form of multi-parent rainbow families. What do we know about multi-parent rainbow families? What needs to be taken into account in the legal design?

Flickr / Luciano Emanuel Silva

Path to COP28

Lessons for International Climate Policy

No significant progress was made at COP27, with the exception of the planned fund to compensate damage and loss. Therefore, the question increasingly arises whether the UNFCCC process should be flanked more strongly in future by multilateral initiatives, for example within the framework of the G7 and G20, in order to develop more momentum.

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Europe and the Christian Orthodoxy

Statements given by Thomas Rachel (MdB) and Archpriest Radu Constantin Miron

Outside Europe, anti-Western narratives are often disseminated in Orthodox circles, whereas in Europe, concerns of Christian Orthodoxy are not uncommonly being overlooked. This problem of lack of mutual understanding is particularly evident in geopolitical conflicts with religious elements, such as the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine or restrictions on religious freedom in Turkey. What can European politics and the Orthodox churches do to improve this relationship?

Flickr / Tim Reckmann

Der Weg zur Ablösung der Staatsleistungen an die Kirchen

Wie die verfassungsrechtliche Pflicht zur Ablösung der Staatsleistungen nach Art. 140 GG i. V. m. Art. 138 Abs. 1 WRV zu erfüllen ist.

Laut dem Koalitionsvertrag der Regierungsparteien soll im Dialog mit den Ländern und den Kirchen ein Grundsätzegesetz auf Bundesebene erlassen werden, dass als fairer Rahmen für die Ablösung der Staatsleistungen dienen soll. Dieses Vorhaben bezieht sich auf das – bis heute unerfüllte – verfassungsrechtliche Gebot zur Ablösung der Staatsleistungen in Art. 140 GG i. V. m. Art. 138 Abs. 1 WRV. Doch was sind Staatsleistungen überhaupt und wie können die verfassungsrechtlichen Anforderungen an deren Ablösung erfüllt werden?

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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