Germany’s New Governing Coalition 

Written by: Cameron Yonan Germany’s new government coalition is facing its first major hurdle: The Omicron COVID-19 variant. Will Germany survive another lockdown, or are mandatory vaccines the answer? The incoming government coalition will have to decide a course of action as COVID-19 cases skyrocket in Germany, mainly credited to the emergence of the Omicron…

Interpreting the German Election

Written by: Cameron Yonan Germany’s election results this past September were historic. Candidates from various backgrounds, including six new members under the age of 25, were elected. Germany has six major federal parties on a spectrum between left and right and like most countries, in recent years, younger representatives are getting elected. In the Bundestag,…

A Broad Look at Angela Merkel’s Legacy

Written by: Graham Brown After a razor-thin German parliamentary election in September that left more questions than answers, one thing is known: whoever is in charge, it will not be the “Queen of Europe.” As Angela Merkel exits stage right following an unprecedented sixteen-year reign, she leaves behind a more powerful European Union, an unchecked…

“Wir schaffen das”: Is it a reality?

Written by: Emily Janicik Angela Merkel’s famous slogan “wir schaffen das,” which she originally introduced in 2015 in response to the refugee crisis in Europe, translates in English to “we can do it.” After three years of tackling the difficult issue of world migration, however, many Germans are becoming disillusioned with this sentiment.  In 2015,…

German Government Moves To Reduce Pollution, But Is It Enough?

Written by: Emily Janicik As the global economy continues to industrialize, pollution continues to increase as a result. Many governments have felt pressure to counteract this, particularly in regards to air pollution, with some enacting stricter environmental regulations. In Europe, the European Union has taken steps to limit the amount of air pollution by putting…