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German Hegemony? The Federal Republic of Germany in Post Cold War European Affairs

Luke B. Wood

German Power in Europe after Reunification In the aftermath of World War II, Germany was divided and forcefully occupied by the Allied Powers. Although the formal military occupation of Germany officially ended in 1949 with the creation of two

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Perceptions of German Leadership

Irish National Identity and Germany as a “Significant Other” during the Euro Crisis

Charlotte Galpin

Introduction As the eu' s largest economy, Germany was thrust into a new leadership role in Europe with the onset of the Euro crisis in 2010. This new role has resulted in debates about its status as Europe's “reluctant hegemon.” 1 According

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Germany's Linguistic ‘Others’ and the Racism Taboo

Liesa Rühlmann and Sarah McMonagle

Introduction Erkan, the son of ‘guest workers’ who migrated to Germany from Turkey in the 1970s, is asked on the radio where he feels at ‘home’. He responds, ‘Home? It's the language in which I feel at home. That is to say, the languages. Home

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Colonial Pasts in Germany's Present

Jonathan Bach

Introduction When Germany reunified in 1990, West Germany had already seen the solidification of a memory culture that elevated remembering the crimes of the Nazi era, especially the Holocaust, to the level of raison d'etat. This culture had

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A Silver Age? The German Economy since Reunification

Stephen J. Silvia

Introduction Over the past thirty years, assessments of the German economy have varied enormously. When the two Germanies united economically on 1 July 1990, initial expectations were that the German economy would benefit greatly from gaining

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Germany and the United States

Whither “Partners in Leadership”?

Matthew Rhodes

Before a farewell trip to Berlin in November 2016, (a sixth to Germany while in office) u.s . President Barack Obama hailed Chancellor Angela Merkel as his “closest international partner.” 1 Indeed, the confluence of calibrated u

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Neoliberalism and Welfare Chauvinism in Germany

An Examination of Survey Evidence

Marko Grdešić

common among radical right wing parties, but is also widespread beyond them. This article is dedicated to investigating the main drivers of welfare chauvinism in Germany. Although anti-immigrant sentiment in general and welfare chauvinism in particular

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The Case of Germany

Civil Society and Civic Activism in the Pandemic

Susann Worschech

way has the pandemic influenced or even weakened civil society and civic activism, and, consequently, democracy? This ambivalent state of civil society and civic activism as a basis for democracy in many Western countries such as Germany during the

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Germany's Approach to Countering Antisemitism since Reunification

Thomas Just

As a reunified Germany emerged from the Cold War era, the country sought to improve its international standing and develop a cohesive image and brand to project abroad. In order to do so, Germany, which at the time faced numerous political, social

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Does the Immigration Issue Divide German Attitudes toward Social Welfare?

Laura Häkkilä, Michael Pfeifer, and Timo Toikko

In this article, we explore the attitudinal basis of the immigration issue and the German welfare state. Scholars have shown that immigration influences social welfare attitudes by the immigration rate, 1 a person's socioeconomic background, 2