What’s next: Life in Germany

It’s been a bit longer than I would have liked since my last post: after the French election I spent some time back in the States taking care of logistical things, then traveled in Asia for about three weeks (Japan, China and the Philippines). Now, I’m about five weeks into my time in Berlin, where I’ll be living through next May on an 11-month fellowship.

The fellowship, sponsored by the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Foundation), brings 16 Americans to Germany to learn German and work in German organizations. For me, this means I’ll be working with two different news organizations that have a presence here in Germany — more details to come on that later this fall. We also each work on a year-long project with relevance to transatlantic relations, which for me involves continuing along with my topic for the year of populism and European elections. Beyond just Germany, I’ll be taking trips to other nearby countries holding elections this fall — most notably Norway (Sept. 11), Austria (Oct. 15) and the Czech Republic (Oct. 20-21).

Since election season is really just getting underway here — with less than seven weeks to go until Election Day, a concept that still feels strange to a U.S. political reporter — I’ll post some thoughts soon on the upcoming campaign and my impressions thus far. In the meantime, here are some details about my program and the 15 other incredible Americans I’m sharing this journey with: