100 Days of Scholz: Progress in Times of Crisis?

Online Discussion with Jeremy Cliffe, Daniela Schwarzer & Michael Werz | 23.03.2022 | 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM (CET)

How is the new government led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz faring both domestically and abroad 100 days after its inauguration?

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Germany’s response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in a foreign policy paradigm shift. A drastic recalibration of priorities, from shutting down Nord Stream 2, increasing military spending by billions, to delivering weapons to Ukraine has occurred – all inconceivable when Olaf Scholz’s administration entered office. As the coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals complete its first 100 days of office, what does this new reality mean for Germany’s ambitious domestic reform agenda? And in an entangled age, what does a Germany governed by progressives mean for Europe and the transatlantic partnership? 


We will discuss these questions and more with:

Jeremy Cliffe is Writer at Large for the New Statesman, the leading progressive political and cultural magazine in the UK. Based in Berlin, he writes a weekly global affairs column and newsletter (World Review) and heads the magazine’s expanding international team and coverage. Previously he was at The Economist for eight years as Charlemagne columnist & Brussels bureau chief, Berlin bureau chief, and Bagehot columnist. He appears regularly in the international broadcast media and studied at Oxford and Harvard universities.

Daniela Schwarzer is the executive director for Europe and Eurasia at the Open Society Foundations. Schwarzer is a renowned expert in European affairs and transatlantic and international relations. Prior to joining Open Society, Schwarzer was director and CEO of the German Council on Foreign Relations. She is an honorary professor of political science at Freie Universität Berlin and a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.

Michael Werz is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where his work as member of the National Security Team focuses on the nexus of climate change, migration, and security and emerging democracies. He has been a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund where his work focused on transatlantic foreign policy and the European Union. He has helped appointments as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and as a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard’s Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies.

We will begin with a representative survey, which was carried out on our behalf by the IfD Allensbach to the first 100 days of Scholz’s administration.




Time: 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM (CET)

  • 11.00 – 11.10 AM: Welcome and Poll Presentation
  • 11.10 – 11.15 AM: Germany’s Paradigm Shift, Daniela Schwarzer
  • 11.15 – 11.20 AM: Transatlantic Implications, Michael Werz
  • 11.20 – 11.40 AM: Conversation
  • 11.40 – 11.55 AM: Q&A
  • 11.55 – 12.00 PM: Closing Remarks


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Florian Ranft

Diego Rivas

Event Date

23. März 2022