Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU won the largest share of seats in Germany’s election on 24 September, but the election also saw a substantial rise in support for the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD). Patricia Hogwood writes that although Merkel has done enough to secure her fourth term as chancellor, she has seen her support drop significantly since the last election in 2013 and the […]
Book Review: Security in Cyberspace: Targeting Nations, Infrastructures, Individuals edited by Giampiero Giacomello
Giampiero Giacomello’s edited collection focuses on the concepts and empirical realities of cyberthreats to the nation state, and to the infrastructure and the individual. Patricia Hogwood finds the book to be a welcome addition to the still sparse academic literature on cybersecurity.
Security in Cyberspace: Targeting Nations, Infrastructures, Individuals. Giampiero Giacomello (editor). Bloomsbury Academic. 2014.
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Despite substantial gains in recent German regional elections, the Alternative for Germany may struggle to consolidate its federal presence
Following a run of successes in the German regions of Thuringia, Brandenburg and Saxony, Germany’s anti-Eurozone party Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) is riding high in the polls. Patricia Hogwood writes, however, that the party may struggle to translate this success into the federal arena. In particular, the key concerns of the AfD party elites – external […]
With a coalition agreement finally reached, Angela Merkel’s grand coalition is now in the hands of SPD members
Following lengthy negotiations in the aftermath of September’s German federal elections, a coalition agreement was finally reached last week. Patricia Hogwood assesses the gains and losses for the leading party of government, the CDU/CSU, and their prospective coalition partner, the SPD. She writes that the vague wording of the coalition contract and a raft of transitional measures, selective application and […]
One of the key aspects of the German election campaign is the personal contest between the two main Chancellor candidates, Angela Merkel of the CDU, and Peer Steinbrück of the SPD. Patricia Hogwood writes that although Steinbrück has fought an extensive campaign, his efforts have been undermined by a number of blunders. Moreover, the fact that he has ruled out […]