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Politics & National Security

Renaissance of the Militant Democracy?

A look at the principle of "militant democracy" embodied in art. 21 sec. 2 of Germany's Basic Law, which provides that the Federal Constitutional Court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, must declare the dissolution of any political party that seeks to undermine or abolish the free and democratic order of Germany or to endanger its existence.

Surveillance

The German NSA Affair and the Need for Reform in Berlin

When Chancellor Angela Merkel recently cited the “challenges” concerning the National Security Agency as an area that the German government has “tackled excellently” this term, many observers were surprised – not least because, two years into the “NSA affair,” the German government continues to vocally criticize American surveillance efforts while failing to address the shortcomings of its own intelligence agencies.

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