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The Day After the German Elections

On 27 September, 5 pm CET, the day after the German elections a top-level panel will investigate what can we expect from the outcome of this major democratic exercise.

Can  post-Merkel Germany strengthen Europe’s strategic position in the world and at the same time overcome at least some of Europe’s internal divisions?

New leadership will have a very difficult task ahead, given escalating geopolitical tensions, existential climate threats and widening sovereignty gap due to digital technologies and its masters.

Can new German political leadership provide impulse and direction for Europe’s foreign policy, defense and security capabilities? Will political leaders prioritize investments in essential assets for Europe’s sovereign future such as digital infrastructures and circular economy? How can new German leadership successfully help steer a European course in the emerging bipolarity of China and the USA?

In this panel

Ryan Heath, panel speaker, POLITICO’ senior Washington political editor, author of Global Translations, POLITICO's global newsletter and podcast and providing the trans-Atlantic bridge;

Shada Islam, panel speaker, an influential Brussels-based commentator on EU affairs in relation to Asia, Africa, Geopolitics, Trade, Migration, Inclusion, Diversity and Women’s Empowerment;

Derk Oldenburg, moderator and panel speaker, former deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands in Berlin and Dutch Deputy Permanent Representative in Brussels and public policy manager and advisor.

 

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