After the German Federal Election: Analyzing the results and looking ahead

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Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Deutsches Haus at NYU, the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and the European Union Studies Center of the Graduate Center CUNY present “After the German Federal Election: Analyzing the Results and Looking Ahead”.  On the night after the election, this panel discussion will bring together distinguished experts on German politics to conduct an analysis of the election results and to discuss the direction the country is likely to take under a new government. The panel featuring Dr. Sheri Berman, Thomas Jahn, and Dr. Christian Martin will be moderated by Dr. Steven E. Solol.

On September 24, 2017, Germany is heading to the polls to elect a new federal legislative assembly, and to decide who will govern the country for the next four years. Can Angela Merkel continue her chancellorship and her trademark governance by steady hand? What would follow for the stability of Europe and German-American relations if Merkel were not to be re-elected? Is there an option for a center-left majority that would include the former communist state party “Die Linke”? What will be the electoral fate of the far right “Alternative für Deutschland” and their nativist agenda? Will its support dwindle as those of other authoritarian populist parties have, or will they see an unexpected upswing? Special focus will be given to election results from East Germany and the specific role the electorate there play in shaping the composition of the nineteenth German Bundestag.


Dr. Sheri Berman is professor of political science at Barnard College, New York. Sheri holds a PhD and MA from Harvard, and a BA from Yale. Her main interests are European politics and political history, democracy and democratization, globalization, and the history of the left. Her two books, both published with Cambridge, have examined the role played by social democracy in determining political outcomes in 20th-century Europe. She has published in prestigious journals like the Journal of Democracy and Perspectives on Politics.

Thomas Jahn was born in the USA and studied politics and economics in Cologne and Tokyo. After spending several years at the magazine Capital, he began working as the New York correspondent for Handelsblatt in New York in 2011.

Dr. Christian Martin is a professor of political science at the University of Kiel, Germany. He currently holds the Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies at New York University. Martin has studied political science at the University of Konstanz and holds a doctorate from there (2002). Martin was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz and at the Max-Planck-Institute in Jena (2003-2004). He was an assistant professor at the University of Hamburg (2004-2008) and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University (2008-2011). Martin’s research interests focus on the political conditions and consequences of globalization and regional integration. He has published on the effects of globalization for electoral participation and, most recently, on the incentive to adopt more proportional voting systems in a highly globalized environment. His current research project is on backlashes against globalization and EU integration.

Dr. Steven E. Sokol holds a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University as well as an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. He has also studied at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Dr. Steven E. Sokol became President of the American Council on Germany on May 1, 2015. He served as President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh from July 2010 until April 2015. Prior to that, he was the Vice President and Director of Programs at the American Council on Germany for nearly eight years. In addition to his work at the ACG, in 2003, he launched the Political Salon, a forum that regularly convenes younger and mid-career professionals in New York City to discuss pressing foreign policy issues and global concerns.

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After the German Federal Election: Analyzing the Results and Looking Ahead is a DAAD-sponsored event.


Monday, September 25, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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