The American Council on Germany, Deutsches Haus at NYU, and NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies will host a Panel Discussion with Dr. Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and Columbia University; Thomas Jahn, New York Correspondent at Handelsblatt; Dr. Christian Martin, Professor of European and Mediterranean Studies and Max Weber Visiting Chair in German and European Studies at New York University; and Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President at the American Council on Germany (Moderator).
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To the surprise of many political observers, late on Sunday night, November 19, the FDP walked out on talks about forming a coalition government with the CDU/CSU and the Greens. More than two months after the election, Germany is still without a new government – and questions abound.
Join our panel of distinguished experts to discuss the ramifications of the failed coalition negotiations and what lies ahead. Will there be snap elections? Will Angela Merkel form a minority government? What does this mean for Europe and for Germany’s role in the world? Why are the Social Democrats so adamantly opposed to joining another grand coalition? Will all of this strengthen the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD)? And, is this the beginning of the end of the Merkel era?