Germany in Transition

IIEA12th November 20171min
The German Federal Elections of 24 September 2017 marked a series of watersheds: the rise of the far-right AfD, which won seats in the German Parliament (Bundestag) for the first time; the beginning of the end of the Merkel era; and the probable emergence of a new so-called “Jamaica” coalition government of the conservative CDU/CSU, the market liberal Free Democratic Party, and the Green Party.


About the Speech:

The German Federal Elections of 24 September 2017 marked a series of watersheds: the rise of the far-right AfD, which won seats in the German Parliament (Bundestag) for the first time; the beginning of the end of the Merkel era; and the probable emergence of a new so-called “Jamaica” coalition government of the conservative CDU/CSU, the market liberal Free Democratic Party, and the Green Party. Meanwhile, the country faces a series of new and mounting challenges from the economy to immigration, Europe to defence. Jeremy Cliffe, The Economist’s Berlin Bureau Chief, asked how Germany will navigate this coming period of flux.

About the Speaker:

Jeremy Cliffe is Berlin Bureau Chief for The Economist, reporting on Germany and its neighbourhood, and is currently writing a Special Report on Germany. Previously he wrote the “Bagehot” column on British politics, in which role he covered Brexit referendum. He makes radio documentaries for the BBC and is a frequent commentator on European affairs in the English- and German-language media.