Polls, Parties, Politics: Elections 2017The last two years have seen profound shifts happen in the United States and Europe. The Brexit vote began the unprecedented process of a country leaving the European Union. Donald Trump’s election in November has ushered in an era of uncertainty in the transatlantic relationship. Recent votes in the Netherlands and France have resulted in far-right parties being held off from gaining power even as their voices grow louder. And in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking her fourth term not only to lead that country—but, some might argue, to lead Europe. Other elections in 2017—from the UK to Austria—could have implications beyond their own borders.
AICGS is covering the elections happening across Europe, monitoring public opinion, analyzing the forces behind the polls and results, and discussing what the outcomes mean for the future of the European Union and for German-American relations. AICGS President Jackson Janes and other experts offer their takes on this critical time for the transatlantic world.
Germany’s summer vacation is about to be in full force and, with it, the so-called summer hole (Sommerloch). It’s often a silly time in the news, but is also a temporary respite before the political headwinds get stronger in the remaining eight weeks before the national elections on September 24. Chancellor Merkel may be going …Read More
Three months from now, Germans will go to the polls to elect a new government. While German voters are not as subjected to a permanent election campaign mode as are American voters, the weeks leading up to the September 24 elections will be increasingly marked by the stand-off between Angela Merkel and her SPD rival Martin …Read More
When Angela Merkel delivered her shot over the bow toward Washington, DC, following her encounter with Donald Trump, it was not only aimed at that city but also across the English Channel. Her comments were kept generic, “the times in which we could fully rely on others are to a certain extent over,” but then …Read More
Yogi Berra once said that it’s very difficult to predict anything—especially the future. But when you are trying to face that task the biggest challenge is to ask the right questions. Populism is a combination of both signals and noise, but detecting its meaning and impact is a difficult challenge. Differentiating between the noise of …Read More
After a state election in Germany, the Social Democrats (SPD) lost—again; the Christian Democrats (CDU) won—again; and a strong showing by the liberal FDP has created a chance to rebuild a coalition government with the CDU in Düsseldorf…and maybe later this year in Berlin. Not much of this scenario was expected as recently as four …Read More
“Clear horizon, strong heart,” or, as they say in Schleswig-Holstein, “Klaar Kimming, Rüm Haart.” The slogan frequently seen on flags flying over the North Sea islands might as well be flying over the Kanzleramt after the elections in Schleswig-Holstein on May 7. Chancellor Merkel’s party picked up both support and a new champion who could be …Read More