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"Local for local” is not a solution, but a symptom 

For strategic economic policy to work, it must be economically rewarding for businesses

In early May, for the first time, EU adopted so-called extraterritorial sanctions to prevent the resale of sanctioned goods to Russia by companies in third countries. In October this year, the Carbon Boundary Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) will gradually enter into force with the aim of ensuring that sustainably produced goods from the EU are not displaced by dirtily produced goods from abroad.

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The quality of early childhood education is what counts

Pedagogical quality of early childhood education as central factor for educational equality

In recent years, early childhood education has experienced a strong quantitative expansion, which must be continued. The pedagogical quality of early childhood education is central to children's development and their further educational progress. It is a decisive factor for educational equality that can be controlled by educational policy. A monitoring system for the collection and evaluation of current data is necessary in order to shape educational policy, the actions of the institutions and the pedagogical work on site in an even more targeted and empirically sound manner.

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.

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Perspectives in science: On the question of good working conditions for doctoral students & postdocs

Interview with Prof. Dr. Björn Schumacher: What framework conditions do scientists need in early career phases?

Improving the prospects for scientists in early career phases is an important political task - with consequences not only for young scientists themselves, but for the science system as a whole. There are already many contributions to the discussion, especially from the perspective of young scientists, associations and the management levels of affected institutions. But how do reputable scientists who are actively involved in research assess the working conditions and prospects of doctoral students and postdocs?

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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No Women’s Rights without Religious Freedom 

The German government is neglecting religious women

Religious freedom is increasingly under pressure worldwide. Muslim and Christian women and men in Asia are subjected to violent attacks, while atheists are persecuted in many Islamic countries and indigenous religious communities suffer from intimidation in Latin America. Women and girls are particularly affected by these human rights violations. A particularly gruesome example is Maira Shahbaz, who was abducted, tortured, and raped at the age of 14 in Pakistan. With video recordings of the acts, she was forced to give up her faith and to convert. Maira and her family were able to flee and have been in hiding ever since.

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Evaluating the draft legislation on the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact

Better not to reform than to reform wrongly?

The Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) is at the heart of European debt rules. The European Commission has currently presented a draft legislation for a reform of these rules. Indeed, a reform would be necessary: (1) necessary because enforcement of the SGP rules is poor and the current reduction paths are unrealistic. In particular, some member states have significantly exceeded the Maastricht debt ceiling of 60 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). For example, according to Eurostat data of 2022, Greece reached a debt-to-GDP ratio of about 171 per cent, Italy of about 144 per cent, Spain of about 113 per cent and France of about 112 per cent – debt levels that would be difficult to reduce within 20 years, as required by the rules. (2) Would be because a reform should offer a better and more effectively enforceable set of rules than the existing EU debt rules. Why the current bill is not an improvement on the previous rules will be outlined below.

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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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Facts and Findings

Selected contributions to the series with international relevance

The series informs in a concentrated form about important positions of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung on current topics. The individual issues present key findings and recommendations, offer brief analyses, explain the Foundation's further plans and name KAS contact persons.


EPP Party Barometer

The Situation of the European People's Party in the EU

The EPP Party Barometer illustrates the current situation of the EPP party family in the EU. On a non-regular basis, it provides a concise overview of current election results, polls from the member states and the composition of the party family.

Handouts for Political Education

Grundlageninformationen zur Beteiligung
an aktuellen politischen Diskussionen

Mit der Reihe „Handreichungen zur Politischen Bildung“ möchte die Politische Bildung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung interessierte Bürgerinnen und Bürger über politische Entwicklungen informieren, Orientierungen in Sachfragen geben und das Interesse an politischer Mitwirkung stärken. Die Handreichungen verstehen sich als Grundlageninformationen zur Beteiligung an aktuellen politischen Diskussionen.

Historical-Political Communications

Archive for Christian democratic politics

The "Historisch-Politische Mitteilungen" are available in bookshops. They appear once a year with a volume of approx. 260 pages. The retail price is 19,50 EUR.


In our series "Interviews", talks and discussions are held with experts from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. on various topics.

Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The country reports offer current analyses, exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts - provided by our international staff.


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.

Materials for the Work on Site

Kleine Schriftenreihe zu aktuellen Themen der Kommunalpolitik

Mit der eigenen Reihe "Materialien für die Arbeit vor Ort" bereitet die Stiftung zu aktuellen Themen wichtige Informationen in handhabbarer Form auf, so dass sie in der kommunalpolitischen Praxis nutzbar sind. Eine weitere Serie unter dem Titel "Diskurs kommunal" befasst sich mit besonderen Aspekten der Kommunalpolitik.

Commercial Publications

Zu aktuellen und zeitgeschichtlichen politischen Themen veröffentlicht die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. Publikationen in renommierten Verlagen. Ein besonderer Stellenwert kommt hierbei der seit dem Jahr 2000 erscheinenden Taschenbuchreihe der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung im Herder Verlag zu.


Concise, reduced to the essentials, but always highly topical. In our series "kurzum", our experts summarise an issue or problem on a maximum of two pages.

Die Politische Meinung

Zeitschrift für Politik, Gesellschaft, Religion und Kultur

Die Politische Meinung ist eine Zweimonatszeitschrift, in der ein breites Spektrum politischer, gesellschaftlicher und kultureller Themen der Gegenwart dargestellt und diskutiert werden. Sie bietet als Bezugspunkte fundierte Analysen historischer Hintergründe und eine der individuellen Eigenverantwortung verpflichtete, im christlichen Menschenbild verankerte Ethik. Die jeweiligen Themenschwerpunkte werden von einer inspirierenden Bilderstrecke, namhafter zeitgenössischer Künstlerinnen und Künstlern, vertieft.


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Working Paper

Broschürenreihe mit Darstellungen und Positionen, die kurzfristig auf aktuelle politische Fragen reagieren


Berichte aus der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Die Herausgabe der "Einblicke" ist ausgesetzt. "Einblicke" hat alle drei Monate über die Arbeit der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung berichtet.


Publikationen des Teams Politikdialog und Analyse der Hauptabteilung Europäische und Internationale Zusammenarbeit.

Research and Sources on Contemporary History

In der Reihe „Forschungen und Quellen zur Zeitgeschichte“ veröffentlicht das Archiv für Christlich-Demokratische Politik seit 1980 wissenschaftliche Studien zur Christlichen Demokratie, Darstellungen zur Geschichte der Bundesrepublik und der CDU sowie Biographien wichtiger Repräsentanten. Zu den 50 bisher erschienen Büchern zählen auch Quelleneditionen, wie Protokolle von Parteigremien oder Tagebücher von einflussreichen Politikern. Die Publikationen sind im Buchhandel erhältlich.

Sociopolitical Series

Veröffentlicht wurden herausragende Dissertationsschriften mit gesellschaftspolitisch relevanten Themen von Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten der Begabtenförderung und Personen, die ihrem Promotionskolleg „Soziale Marktwirtschaft“ kooptiert sind.

Die Reihe gab den Autorinnen und Autoren ein wissenschaftliches und publizistisches Forum und brachte aktuelle Themen in die öffentliche Diskussion ein.

Basic Questions of Christian Democracy

In dieser Reihe erschienen im Jahr 2006 Texte namenhafter Autoren zu Grundfragen der christlichen Demokratie.

In Conversation

Kulturpolitische Umschau

Zeitschrift mit Berichten aus Bundestag und Bundesländern, Gastbeiträgen, Rezensionen und Presseauswertungen zur aktuellen Kulturpolitik.

In Plenary

Broschürenreihe der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mit den Beiträgen von Konferenzen, Fachtagungen und Kongressen, die von längerfristigem Interesse sind.

In Plenary Compact

Die Broschüren im DIN-A-4-Format fassen kurz und knapp die Ergebnisse von Konferenzen, Fachtagungen und Kongressen zusammen, die von längerfristigem Interesse sind.


Reden, Essays und Grundsatzpapiere zu drängenden Zeitfragen

In dieser Broschürenreihe veröffentlicht die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung grundlegende Positionen zu wichtigen Themen der Zeit.

Future Forum Politics

Broschürenreihe zu aktuellen politischen Themen, welche über die Tagespolitik hinaus reichen

Zukunftsforum Politik

KAS International

Information from the Division of European and International Cooperation

This series informs about current important events and developments of our work to point out our wide spectrum of activities.

The Woman in Our Time

Lebensentwürfe von Frauen –
was hat sich verändert?

Jede Ausgabe widmete sich einem Schwerpunktthema aus Politik und Gesellschaft, der Arbeits- und Familienwelt, aus Kultur und Literatur und diskutierte dieses aus frauenpolitischer Sicht.

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