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NYC: A Full Standstill Ahead? The Prospects for Another Grand Coalition in Germany

February 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

The American Council on Germany, Deutsches Haus at NYU, and NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies will host a Panel Discussion with Thomas Jahn, New York Correspondent for Handelsblatt and Dr. Christian Martin, Professor of European and Mediterranean Studies and Max Weber Visiting Chair in German and European Studies at New York University, moderated by Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President at the American Council on Germany.

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Almost six months after the general election, Germany is still without a new government. While Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats have entered coalition talks, the outcome of these talks is far from certain. And whatever the outcome, the deal would still be subject to approval by the SPD’s party members. This uncertainty in Europe’s biggest economy comes in the wake of an election that saw the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) secure more than 90 seats in the Bundestag and an increasingly Euro-skeptic Free Democratic Party listing to the right.

This panel will address some of the questions that abound. Will Angela Merkel finally be able to form a stable government? Will another Grand Coalition further strengthen the extremes? What do these developments mean for German politics? What do they mean for Europe? And, what are the implications for the strategic challenges that are facing Germany, such as demographic shifts and technological change?