After the Election: A New Political Landscape in Germany?
Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor, The Economist
Kristina Spohr, Associate Professor, Department of International History, LSE
Martin Stabe, Data Journalist, Financial Times
Chair: Quentin Peel, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
The election in Germany on 24 September resulted in Angela Merkel securing a fourth term as chancellor but also saw her CDU party's worst electoral performance since 1949 and, for the first time in over half a century, six different parties occupying seats in the Bundestag. The result leaves difficult negotiations ahead for Merkel as she attempts to secure a workable coalition.
This event will analyse the potential consequences of these negotiations, which are occurring against a more complicated political backdrop. With the significant increase in popularity of the anti-immigration AfD, will mainstream political parties move right on immigration and social issues or will they close ranks and become more opposed to those who do not share their values, resulting in the increased polarization of German politics? Could the uncertainty caused by a weakened CDU and a drawn-out negotiation process weaken the German economy? And what longer-term impact might this election have on Germany’s political authority in Europe and on the global stage?