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.
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