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The Ampel Coalition's Foreign Policy Challenges

Jack Janes

entire Western alliance. Over the past seven-plus decades, German-American relations have weathered many political storms, some of which have tested those relations while others have strengthened them. There have been numerous occasions in which Germany

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Right-Wing Populism and International Issues

A Case Study of the AfD

Christiane Lemke

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Most studies analyze right-wing populism in the framework of the nation state, while its impact on foreign policy is understudied. This article focuses on the German Alternative for Germany (AfD) to highlight its foreign policy stance. How is the AfD deliberately operating not only nationally but also on the European level? What are their aims and goals? How has the surge in right-wing populism impacted international issues and what does the rise of the right mean for Germany's role in Europe and in world politics? In the first part of the paper, I contextualize the rise and significance of right-wing populism in Germany within the framework of social and political theory. Second, I address the AfD's position to European affairs more specifically, including its stance in the European Parliament elections in 2019. Third, I highlight key topoi of the AfD’ s position regarding the eu, the United States and nato by drawing on critical discourse analysis. The analysis shows that the AfD is aiming to redefine Germany's foreign policy consensus based on the special responsibility paradigm that has characterized Germany's foreign policy after World War II. The party is not only nationalistic in outlook but moreover aiming to revise key paradigms of Germany's foreign and European policies.

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Hitler's American Countermodel

The United States and the Making of Nazi Ideology

Pavel Brunssen

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The fact that the Nazis looked to the United States for inspiration has led some to claim that the US served Nazi thinkers as a “model.” This article argues instead that Nazis looked to America as a countermodel for how not to deal with the “Jewish question.” Through an intertextual analysis of visual and textual primary sources, this article demonstrates how the Nazis used America as a projection screen for developing their vision of empire and “redemptive antisemitism.” The Nazis admired the United States’ racist laws and technological development but despised Americans for ignoring the “Jewish threat.” By showing how the Nazis used the United States as a mirror for developing Nazi ideology, this article reintroduces the category of antisemitic ideology to the Historikerstreit 2.0 debate.

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The Change in Government and Transatlantic Relations

Jackson Janes

Almost seventeen years after the Berlin Wall fell, German-American relations represent a mixture of partnership, competition, and a vast network of political, economic and cultural ties which make up one of the most intensive bilateral relations on the globe. A cornerstone of the Euro-Atlantic framework, German-American relations remain of critical importance to both sides of the Atlantic. However, the reasons why that is the case have been in continuous transformation, as the interests and the needs of the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany have responded to the demands of a changing environment during the past five decades, especially since the end of the Cold War. Angela Merkel has stated clearly that she sees a stronger Europe and a stronger transatlantic relationship as two sides of the same coin. While that has been the mantra of many chancellors before her, she has an opportunity to help define what it means today. In setting the priorities and the course of German foreign policy while engaging in an honest and candid dialogue with Washington, Angela Merkel will be building on a mixture of continuity and change within the German debate about its European and global roles and responsibilities.

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Germany and the United States

Whither “Partners in Leadership”?

Matthew Rhodes

Beginnings 2008 marked a turning point in German-American relations not only because of the onset of the global financial crisis but also because of Obama’s election as Bush’s successor. Candidate Obama’s speech to 200,000 cheering Germans at Berlin

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Germany

From Civilian Power to a Geo-economic Shaping Power

Stephen F. Szabo

, “Suspicious Minds: German-American Relations in the Trump Era,” (Washington, 2017); available at http://www.transatlanticacademy.org/sites/default/files/publications/Suspicious_Minds_Final_0.pdf , accessed 24 July 2017.