Bans targeting white supremacist organizations are increasing around the world. Germany's experience demonstrates how these bans can backfire.
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The alleged Reichsbürger coup uncovered on Dec. 7 is a symptom of a larger problem in German society, as years of agitation by conspiratorial and far-right actors have frayed parts of German society and left them more vulnerable to foreign influence.
A review of Norbert Röttgen, “Never Again Helpless! A Manifesto in Times of War” (published in German under the title “Nie wieder hilflos! Ein Manifest in Zeiten des Krieges”) (dtv, 2022).
Germany's new commitment to increasing its defense spending and modernizing its military will take years to pay dividends.
Over the past two years, the heterogeneous Querdenker movement against Germany’s coronavirus restrictions has radicalized sharply, involving not only far-right ideologues but also average German citizens who are tired of “peaceful resistance” against pandemic measures.
Germany is often offered as a model for how a country can reckon with a history of racism, but German leaders' denials about institutional racism demonstrate the limits of its approach.
Prohibiting platforms from self-governing is becoming more widespread. German law provides for a different approach, with clearer rules and more rule of law in content moderation practices.
Chancellor Merkel is leaving office, but fundamental change in Germany’s foreign policy is unlikely.
Two recent Supreme Court rulings could be consequential for the interpretation of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
The far-right party Alternative for Germany has proved adept at influencing German society, even if its electoral prospects are less than rosy.