On September 26, 2021, the next German federal election will take place. Angela Merkel announced that she will not seek a fifth term as Chancellor, with the leadership of the CDU handed over to Armin Laschet. With this drastic change, the other parties are sensing an opportunity to increase their number of seats in the Bundestag, and possibly decide the next chancellor. In addition to this, the CDU´s allegedly poor handling of the pandemic could also influence the election result. On the contrary, German liberals have been seeing a significant upswing in support according to recent polls and could thus play a key role when forming a coalition government.
What are the possible scenarios and expected changes after the German elections? What role will Germany play in Europe and the wider world after the elections? Will the German position change regarding important geopolitical issues, such as the Nord Stream 2 project?
Šárka Prát, Executive Director of the Institute for Politics and Society
H. E. Tomáš Kafka, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin
Frank Müller-Rosentritt, Member of the German Bundestag (FDP)
Aneta Zachová, Editor-in-chief of the Euractiv.cz
Jakub Eberle, Researcher of the Institute of International Relations Prague
The moderator of the event is Detmar Doering, Project Director Central Europe and the Baltic States of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
This event will be held on June 23, 2021, from 17:00 to 18:00 and you can watch live-stream on the Facebook profile of the Institute for Politics and Society. The Working language is English.