Forward to the Future: The German Elections and the Transatlantic View

A panel discussion on transatlantic cooperation post-Merkel

Just two weeks before the 2021 German Election, Elisabeth Niejahr, Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff and moderator Sumi Somaskanda discussed how a post-Merkel Germany would affect the future of transatlantic relations. They also detailed what transatlantic actors can do to continue improving the transatlantic partnership at the city, state, and national levels.

Germany’s 2021 federal election delivered a mandate for change. What does this mean for relations between Germany and the United States? With Merkel on her way out, the possibility for change is there – but can transatlantic actors seize the moment to strengthen their bonds? From forming climate alliances based on combining trade and climate policy to continuing to engage with emerging transatlantic actors such as cities, the discussion examined avenues for expanding the transatlantic relationship.

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As part of our transatlantic dialogue New Urban Progress, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft together with the Progressive Policy Institute and Das Progressive Zentrum organized a discussion just before the German elections with:

Elisabeth Niejahr
Managing Director for the area “Strengthening Democracy”, Hertie Foundation and Sounding Board Member, New Urban Progress

Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff
Vice President, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Sumi Somaskanda (Moderation)
Senior News Anchor, DW News (Deutsche Welle)

New Urban Progress is the joint metro initiative of Das Progressive Zentrum, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Progressive Policy Institute.

The project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany and funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

Diego Rivas

Raphaela Hobbach

published on

30 September 2021