Democracy and Populism

IIEA23rd February 20171min
The European Union finds itself in uncharted waters. In 2017, populist parties will contest important elections in Germany, France and the Netherlands, which come at a time of profound uncertainty in the wake of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.

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About the Speech:

The European Union finds itself in uncharted waters. In 2017, populist parties will contest important elections in Germany, France and the Netherlands, which come at a time of profound uncertainty in the wake of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. Against this backdrop, Professor Lammert, drawing on experience gained during his distinguished parliamentary career of nearly forty years, reflected on the implications of and possible responses to this highly pertinent situation.

About the Speaker:

Professor Norbert Lammert was first elected to the German Bundestag in 1980 and has served as its President since October 2005. On 22 October 2013, the Members of the Bundestag re-elected him to the top parliamentary post. In terms of protocol, he ranks second only to the President of the Federal Republic. As President of the Bundestag, he ensures that Parliament’s rules are upheld and represents Parliament in the public sphere. He also heads the Bundestag Administration, which has around 2,500 members of staff, and the Bundestag police.