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    Being German, becoming Muslim: how German converts to Islam balance their national identity and their faith

Being German, becoming Muslim: how German converts to Islam balance their national identity and their faith

Studies on the growth of Muslim populations in western Europe often focus on the role of immigration, but every year an increasing number of citizens in western European countries also make the decision to convert to Islam. Esra Özyürek writes on the challenges faced by German converts, noting that Germany’s Muslim communities have adopted a variety of different approaches […]

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    Despite low unemployment, large sections of German society remain at risk from poverty

Despite low unemployment, large sections of German society remain at risk from poverty

In the early 2000s, the then SPD-Green government in Germany implemented a package of policies known as ‘Agenda 2010’, which aimed to reform the country’s welfare system and labour market. Stefan Selke writes on the impact of these reforms ten years later. He argues that while the unemployment rate in Germany is currently low by historical standards, the picture […]

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    Despite hostile German public opinion, a deal on Greece may still be politically feasible for Angela Merkel

Despite hostile German public opinion, a deal on Greece may still be politically feasible for Angela Merkel

Following the Greek elections on 25 January, the Greek government has attempted to negotiate a deal with other European states, notably Germany, over the country’s debt. But how might opinions within Germany affect the prospects of such a deal being reached? Kai Arzheimer writes on German public opinion and the views of German political decision-makers on the issue. He […]

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    The return of the German question: why conflict between creditor and debtor states is now the defining feature of European politics

The return of the German question: why conflict between creditor and debtor states is now the defining feature of European politics

One of the key geopolitical issues in Europe prior to the Second World War was how the power of Germany could be effectively balanced by other European states. Hans Kundnani assesses the relevance of these historical debates to the current situation within Europe in the aftermath of the Eurozone crisis. He argues that while Germany is no longer a […]

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    Contrary to the claims of German politicians, Germany is not taking on more than its fair share of refugees

Contrary to the claims of German politicians, Germany is not taking on more than its fair share of refugees

The extent to which EU countries take on their ‘fair share’ of asylum seekers is a contentious issue. Luc Bovens and Jane von Rabenau write on concern within Germany that the country is taking on a higher burden than other EU states. They argue that when compared on a per capita basis with similar EU countries, Germany performs relatively […]

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    German austerity is not only damaging the Eurozone, but is also starving the country of its own much needed investment

German austerity is not only damaging the Eurozone, but is also starving the country of its own much needed investment

A common argument in the context of the Eurozone’s economic problems is that Germany should pursue a more expansive fiscal policy to help generate growth in the rest of the single currency area. Bob Hancké writes, however, that while such a strategy might be justified in terms of its wider effects across Europe, the German economy itself is also […]

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