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Stephen Gross

Over the past decade Germany has had one of the most successful

economies in the developed world. Despite the ongoing Euro crisis unemployment

has fallen below 7 percent, reaching its lowest levels since German

reunification in 1990. Germany’s youth unemployment is among the

lowest in Europe, far beneath the European average.1 One of the most

important engines of the German economy today, and in fact throughout

the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, has been its export sector. As Ludwig

Erhard, West Germany’s Economics Minister during the Wirtschaftswunder

of the 1950s remarked: “foreign trade is quite simply the core and

premise of our economic and social order.”2 According to various estimates,

today exports and imports of goods and services account for nearly a half of

German GDP—up from only a quarter in 1990. Germany is one of only three

economies that do over a trillion dollars worth of exports a year, the other

two being the United States and China.

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Friederike Eigler

Since the end of the Cold War and the reconfiguration of the map of

Europe, scholars across the disciplines have looked anew at the geopolitical

and geocultural dimensions of East Central Europe. Although geographically

at the periphery of Eastern Europe, Germany and its changing discourses

on the East have also become a subject of this reassessment in

recent years. Within this larger context, this special issue explores the

fraught history of German-Polish border regions with a special focus on

contemporary literature and film.1 The contributions examine the representation

of border regions in recent Polish and German literature (Irene

Sywenky, Claudia Winkler), filmic accounts of historical German and Polish

legacies within contemporary European contexts (Randall Halle, Meghan

O’Dea), and the role of collective memory in contemporary German-Polish

relations (Karl Cordell). Bringing together scholars of Polish and German

literature and film, as well as political science, some of the contributions

also ponder the advantages of regional and transnational approaches to

issues that used to be discussed primarily within national parameters.

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Gracjan Cimek

Central Europe: Eurasian Integration with Chinese Characteristics .” Yearbook of the Institute of East-Central Europe 16 ( 3 ): 131 – 146 . Krasnodębski , Z. 2005 . Demokracja peryferii [349]. Gdańsk: Wydawnictwo Słowo. Krauthammer , C

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Christiane Lemke

nationalism), “civilizational populism” (anti-Islam), and populist (authoritarian) nationalism in East Central Europe. 11 Most European populist parties share the anti- eu rhetoric and they strongly oppose immigration. Because of its rejection of Islam, the

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The Curious Case of Slovakia

Regime Preferences Thirty Years after the Velvet Revolution

Zuzana Reptova Novakova

? Trust, Membership, and Democratization in East-Central Europe .” Political Research Quarterly 57 ( 4 ): 665 – 679 . doi: 10.1177/106591290405700414 . 10.1177/106591290405700414 Letki , N. , and G. Evans . 2005 . “ Endogenizing Social Trust

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Nick Underwood

ChaeRan Freeze, Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia (Lebanon, NH: Brandeis University Press, 2001). 18 Ezra Mendelsohn, The Jews of East Central Europe Between the World Wars (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983), 2. 19 Poznanski

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Valeriy Heyets

undermined. Five years later, the consequences of her interpretation for Eastern European countries were clearly empirically underpinned by Gabor Juhász, who concluded that, in the late 1990s, “the EU had little impact on the shaping of east-central European

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A Mistrustful Society?

The Lack of Trust in Government Institutions in the Czech Republic

Nicole Horáková

. Medve-Bálint , G. , and Z. Boda . 2014 . “The Poorer You Are, the More You Trust? The Effect of Inequality and Income on Institutional Trust in East-Central Europe.” Sociologicky časopis [Czech sociological review] 50 ( 3 ): 419 – 453

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“The Fourth Reich Is Here”

An Exploration of Populist Depictions of the European Union as a German Plot to Take Over Europe

Julian Pänke

. Poland, the largest country of East Central Europe, has long been seen as “a poster child of post-communist transition,” contributing constructively to eu politics and having an “important say in European policies towards the east and Russia.” 63

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Concluding Remarks

A “Social Quality Observatory” for Central and Eastern European Countries?

Laurent J. G. van der Maesen

difficult and the EU had little impact on the shaping of East-Central European soci[et]al policy … the focus on the introduction of market economy contributed to a massive growth of inequalities in the region. Social security reforms limited solidarity in