Open Dialog: Transatlantic Relations after the Bundestagswahl

German-American Topics in English with Jason Brown

As head of state, Angela Merkel has met with four different U.S.-Presidents: first with her ideologically aligned counterpart George W. Bush, then with the charismatic Barack Obama, with whom she developed a close partnership, before encountering Donald Trump in the Oval Office who refused to shake her hands. With the current occupant of the White House, Joe Biden, she purportedly shares a good rapport based on common values.

After Merkel’s 16 years of power, the Bundestagswahl in September promises to be indicative for the future of Germany and Europe. Three major candidates are now vying to replace her in her position as chancellor – the Christian conservative Armin Laschet, the Social Democrats’ Olaf Scholz and the Green Party’s Annalena Baerbock. Depending on the outcome on the election, the candidates and party representatives will work to build coalitions to govern Germany for the next 4 years. The Bundestagswahl, however, is not only significant for the country and Europe, it is also significant in the context of transatlantic relations.

According to an advisor of the President, Biden “believes that diplomacy is about building personal relationships, and he invests time and energy in establishing rapport with key foreign partners” (Schultheis, Politico, July 14th, 2021). The candidate and party most successful in this year’s election will therefore have a big impact on the political and economic relationship between the US and Germany. It will also be significant in the context of geopolitical challenges and tackling the major global issues such as climate change.

So let’s talk about the Bundestagswahl and its implications for transatlantic relations!

The discussions will take place online. You will receive a link to the virtual meeting room upon registration.
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Veranstaltungssprache: Englisch

Mi, 13.Okt.2021 um 18:30