The 2021 election: Germany after Merkel

Will anything change after Angela Merkel leaves office?

Members event, Webinar Recording
28 September 2021 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM

The 2021 election: Germany after Merkel - highlights

— HIGHLIGHTS: Will anything change after Angela Merkel leaves office?

In September Germans will head into an election without Angela Merkel on the ballot paper for the first time in 16 years. 

As Europe emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, and facing a range of economic and political challenges, there has been much hope and expectation of a radical shift in German economic and security policy.

But the two most likely chancellors, Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz, have both positioned themselves as continuity candidates who will not break dramatically with the consensus that has defined the Merkel era.

As post-election coalitions negotiations begin the day after the election, this members’ event discusses topics including:

  • What will be the new administration’s key priorities?

  • Can we expect change in Germany’s foreign policy – especially in relation to China and Russia?

  • How will the new German government position itself and what approach will it take to the EU’s economic and foreign policy?

  • Will Germany adopt a more assertive approach to climate change – especially if the Greens assume notable roles in a new coalition?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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