A New Wave of “Gastarbeiter”?

In 2011 Germany celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first guest worker treaty. (At ASC we marked that historical moment with two lectures by historian Rita Chin and German-Turkish author Yadé Kara.) In 2012 it seems as if history will repeat itself, albeit in a different context. Following the great recession that began in 2008,…

German-French Relations

European journalists have created a new character, “Merkozy.” This androgynous superhero is entrusted to rescue the Euro, the European Union, and whatever else is currently going downhill on the old continent. The desire for strong leaders is nothing new, but creating the hero by fusing the German chancellor–Merkel–with the French president–Sarkozy–is remarkable considering the history…