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State Power within European Integration
State Power within European Integration

On the limits and context of Germany's power in the Union

02/05/2013 | by Josef Janning | Europe, European Union

Germany is widely perceived to be calling the shots in Europe's sovereign debt crisis management, and maybe in the EU in general. But a state's influence in the union is complex and also contextual. Clearly, though, state power seems to have regained prominence in the European debate. How much power have member states retained, or perhaps even won, in the process of integration – and what does power in the Union look like? Five theses on power in today’s European Union.

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Serving the World – and Your Constituents
Serving the World – and Your Constituents

Why Germany is short on foreign policy experts

05/12/2012 | by Hans-Ulrich Klose | Germany, German Foreign Policy

Those who work in foreign policy are always traveling. This is a truism with consequences, since a politician who is away from her home district will have less contact with voters and ultimately lower chances for reelection. So how can we recruit young talent interested in global affairs? For starters, raise the status of foreign policy on the political agenda.


Democracy Abroad Can Be Defended at Home
Why Germany should ban public screenings of an anti-Islam film
20/09/2012 | by Henning Riecke
Following violent protests staged at Western embassies against an anti-Islam film, Germany is wrestling with the question of whether to ban the film's screening or not. The film can be restricted without damaging larger freedom of expression, and may in fact help the democratic transition process in Arab Spring countries.
Category Political System, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Karlsruhe Rising
Who is afraid of the German Constitutional Court?
23/08/2012 | by Almut Möller
The German Federal Constitutional Court has become infamous across Europe. Ask an average Athenian these days and he will be aware of its omnipotent power. Go to any other eurozone capital and ask who holds the power in Europe: Angela Merkel will be among the top responses, and increasingly perhaps the European Central Bank (not always to the liking of the German Chancellor).
Category Political System, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Why The Euro Baffles America
Is democracy compatible with the European project?
20/07/2012 | by Russell A. Berman
Nervous about his own re-election chances, President Obama has admonished European leaders to get the continent's debt crisis under control. But to hope for a European problem to be solved according to American logic ignores the complex democratic debates currently happening across the EU, not just between countries, but within them as well.
Category Political System, Government and Society, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
A Tale of Two Courts
How much integration is constitutionally legal?
10/07/2012 | by Russell A. Berman
Just as the drama over the US Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act—which amounts to a debate on the limits of federal power—has been playing out in Washington, the potential role of the judiciary in preserving democracy and the rule of law has come to the fore on this side of the Atlantic in a remarkably similar conflict. A constitutional conflict is emerging through the euro crisis.
Category Political System, Government and Society, Germany
Iran’s Presidential Election
The main victors are the conservatives of the Iranian revolution
01/11/2005 | by David Menashri
With election of President Ahmadi-Nejad, Islamic conservatives have regained their monopoly on power in both un-elected and elected offices.
Category Political System, Religion, Political Culture, Government and Society, Iran
Uzbekistan Is Running Out of Time
The only hope may be some government-clans arrangement
When demonstrations swept Andijan, Uzbek President Karimov did not follow Kyrgyz President Akayev’s example and abdicate, but chose instead to suppress the demonstrators. Hundreds were probably killed by his security services. Yet it’s not quite as black-and-white as most news accounts suggested. Real insurgents were involved, using civilians as human shields.
Category Political System, Religion, Political Culture, Political Participation, Government and Society, Uzbekistan
An Empire of Law and Consensus
A call for a Europe–and Europeans–beyond the nation-state
01/02/2005 | by Ulrich Beck
Europe can become neither a state nor a nation–and it won’t. Hence it cannot be thought of in terms of the nation-state. The path to the unification of Europe leads not through uniformity but rather through acknowledgment of its national particularities. Diversity is the very source of Europe’s potential creativity. The solution to national problems lies only in European interaction.
Category European Union, Globalization, Economy and Finance, Political System, Government and Society, Europe
Nationalism as Unifier–and Risk
Does nationalism make China’s rise less peaceful?
01/02/2005 | by Suisheng Zhao
Chinese nationalism is far more complex than emotional anti-Japanese street demonstrations might suggest. It has been an instrument for rallying support during the rapid, turbulent transformation of a Communist to a post-Communist society. But the government has striven to keep passions under control and to keep foreign policy prudential. The question of whether it is succeeding or not remains open.
Category Political System, Political Culture, Political Participation, Government and Society, Media/Information, China
How Not to Deal with a Backsliding Russia
Distinct authoritarian trends are emerging in Putin’s Kremlin
01/02/2005 | by Heinrich Vogel
Russian foreign policy has managed to play off the competitive reflexes of Western governments, which are jockeying for privileged access to Putin.
Category Political System, Political Culture, Government and Society, Russia
The “Putin System” and Political Pluralism
01/08/2004 | by Jasper Wieck
“Together with the President” was the campaign slogan of United Russia, and only Putin’s personal appearance at the party’s convention last September spurred its polling figures to climb sharply three months before the vote. Precisely because Putin enjoys widespread public approval— unlike his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin — his “party of power” was able to drive to victory for the first time in the history of the new Russia.
Category Government and Society, Political System, Political Culture, Russia, Germany
Policy and Public Opinion
01/05/2004 | by Craig Kennedy, Natalie La Balme
Opinion surveys are now crucial elements in American and European political discourse. Poll results are often provocative and, when administered with methodological rigor, can provide real insights into the “public mood” at any given point. But just how does such research feedinto policymaking? Are surveys simply interesting snapshots of citizen attitudes, or do they now dominate policy in an unhealthy way?
Category Political System, Government and Society, German Foreign Policy, Worldwide, Germany, Iraq