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Germany and the United States

Whither “Partners in Leadership”?

Matthew Rhodes

Allgemeine weekly titled an “underappreciated [bilateral] alliance” 3 has remained provisional. Opposing economic prescriptions, skeptical public opinion, and divergent hard-power capacities have tempered the partnership even at its best. Donald Trump

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Jablonka’s History

Literature and the Search for Truth

Sarah Fishman

campaign and presidency of Donald Trump have raised anxious concerns in the American media about the current state of journalism and the role of the press in a democracy. How should journalists report on a person who is not just an inveterate liar, but

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The Art of Doubting

A Jewish Perspective

Danny Rich

to read while in India, is Narendra Modi, who rather like his American counterpart, Donald Trump, is an unusual incumbent of his office but who has what is described as ‘the Marmite effect’ – you love it/him/them or you hate it/him/them, but there is

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Amrita De

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, flew to Florida on 30 May 2020, the weekend following the brutal police killing of George Floyd on 25 May. He was there to attend the launch of a “Made-in-the-USA” spacecraft, as it headed toward

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Sophie Meunier

reverberates beyond its borders as much as it used to. The current uncertain state of the world, which may be on the cusp of a tectonic shift precipitated by the advent of Donald Trump in the United States and the resurgence of nationalism in Europe, is both

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Adele Webb

Public ambivalence towards democracy has come under increasing scrutiny. It is a mood registered perhaps most clearly in the fact populist figures, from Trump to Orbàn to Duterte, appear to carry strong appeal despite the fact, or perhaps because of the fact, they pose a threat to democratic institutions and processes of governance. Are ambivalent citizens the grave threat to democracy they are often portrayed to be in media and academic discourse on populism? In this article, I contend that citizens’ ambivalence about democracy is a more complex, spirited and volitional idea than is acknowledged in the current discussion of populism. Drawing on psychoanalysis and critical social thought, I embrace a conception of citizens’ ambivalence in a democracy as both immanent and desirable. I argue ambivalence can be a form of participation in democracy that is crucial to safeguarding its future.

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Matteo Salvini's Northern League in 2016

Between Stasis and New Opportunities

Davide Vampa

Under Matteo Salvini’s leadership, the Northern League has sought to move away from its status of regionalist party to become a truly national (even nationalist) party, following the example of the National Front in France. For the new leader, the issues of federalism and devolution seem to play a less relevant role than opposition to the European Union and, more generally, to the so-called political establishment. This chapter shows that 2016 has been a transition year for the party. After two years of significant electoral expansion, the 2016 local elections seemed to mark a moment of stagnation. Salvini’s popularity ceased to grow and even started to decline. This posed some challenges to his right-wing populist project. Yet the concluding section of the chapter highlights the new political opportunities arising from Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election and from Renzi’s constitutional referendum defeat at the end of 2016.

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Introduction

Using Popular Culture to Trace and Assess Political Change

Niko Switek

The German federal election in September 2021 marked a significant transformation for German politics. As Chancellor Angela Merkel decided not to run again, the election spelled the end of her 16-year tenure; it also signaled a major shift in the German party system. The right-populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) entered the Bundestag again after their first entry in 2017, implying—for the first time since 1949—the establishment and sustained parliamentary presence of a party on the national level to the (far-)right of the Christian Democrats. The challenges facing the new parliament and government after the election are paramount. The climate crisis looms as large as ever. With the exception of the AfD, all German parties (and a distinct majority of voters) see this as the most pressing issue to tackle. However, the scope of action will be limited as the extensive state debt accumulated through covid-19 relief measures exerts pressure on the specific German model of social market economy. Finally, the international environment has seen drastic changes in the last years: While the election of u.s. President Joe Biden as successor to Donald Trump implies a return to normal for transatlantic relations, the uk exit from the eu shifts the balance between the remaining member states. After the Euro, refugee, and pandemic crises, European solidarity is strained, complicating Germany’s role as the eu’s “reluctant hegemon” or “gentle giant.” This reluctance or restraint connotes far more than a strategic policy choice: it is deeply rooted in the German history of the twentieth century that witnessed the cruelty and atrocities of the Nazi regime.

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Kingdom and the presidential election of Donald Trump in the United States, whose rhetoric has at times promoted chauvinistic nationalism. While the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement are currently marked by legitimacy crises as

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Contemporary citizenship debates

The search for firm footing on shifting terrains

In many ways, the sociopolitical events of 2016 and 2017 have brought to life many of the conceptual debates surrounding the nature and importance of citizenship. The election of President Donald Trump in the United States (US), the rejection