Lessons from Election Night

Join us, the FES NY Office, and the European Institute at Columbia University for a discussion to make sense of a historic election night.


Germany’s historic election year is drawing to a close. If the polls get it right, the Social Democrats could very well emerge as the strongest party, a rather unexpected recent development, with Angela Merkel’s chosen successor Armin Laschet relegated to second place. But are the polls getting it right? And which coalition government is most likely to emerge? A Red-Green alliance? Another “Grand Coalition”? R2G, Kenia, or the so called “Traffic Light Coalition”? Our discussion will not only try to make sense of a historic election night but – we promise – also of German political acronyms.

Guest speakers will be Delara Burkhardt, Member of the European Parliament; Christina Kampmann, Member of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia; and Thomas Kralinski of Das Progressive Zentrum. Adam Tooze will moderate the discussion. Knut Dethlefsen and Michael Bröning from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung will contribute opening and closing remarks.

Monday, September 27 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (EDT) via Zoom.

Register here: https://bit.ly/2XUD9Or 

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