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The Domestic And Foreign Policy Priorities Of An Ampel Coalition Under Olaf Scholz

October 8, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Following the September 26 German federal election, an Ampelkoalition – or “traffic light” coalition of the Social Democrats, Greens, and Free Democrats – looks increasingly likely. But, it is not a given. There are other coalition possibilities. As these parties – plus the Christian Democrats – explore possible coalition options, there are questions about where the parties align and where they differ, and what the priorities of a new government might be.

Join the American Council on Germany for an online conversation with author and journalist Martin Klingst to explore the domestic and foreign policy priorities of a governing coalition led by the SPD’s Olaf Scholz.

Martin Klingst studied law in Freiburg, Geneva, and Hamburg before embarking on a career in journalism in 1987, beginning with NDR. He spent much of his career with DIE ZEIT – including as Senior Political Correspondent in Berlin and before that U.S. Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief. From 2020 to June 2021, he was Chief Speechwriter and Head of Strategic Communication in the Office of the German Federal President.

Mr. Klingst is the author of “Trumps Amerika: Reise in ein weißes Land” and “Guido Goldman: Transatlantic Bridge Builder.” He is currently a non-resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and an advisor to Atlantik Brücke.


October 8, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm