The Potential Impact of German Elections

As Germany enters a national election year, the decisions made by voters when they reach the polls in November could have major effects not only for Germany, but for Europe as a whole. The difference between a Angela Merkel or Peer Steinbrück led Germany could very well later the course of decisions made with regard to combating the economic crisis. In this report from Deutsche Bank Research entitled “Germany at the polls: The 2013 elections and the future of the euro,” authors Klaus Deutsch, an AICGS non-resident Fellow, and Barbara Böttcher examine the current political landscape in Germany, as well as what could potentially be expected for Germany’s power equation moving forward.

“Germany at the polls: The 2013 elections and the future of the euro,” by Klaus Deutsch and Barbara Böttcher. Originally published by Deutsche Bank Research.

The views expressed are those of the author(s) alone. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.
Klaus Deutsch

Klaus Deutsch

Dr. Klaus Deutsch is currently Senior Economist with Deutsche Bank Research. He joined Deutsche Bank in July 1996 as an economist in the unit on Economic and Banking Policy, European integration in the headquarters in Frankfurt. After a one-year exchange stint with the Federal Chancellery in 1999/2000, he founded and has directed the office of DB Research in Berlin. Since 2000, he ran more than 120 events (seminars, workshops, lectures) on a broad range of topics for the political audience in the capital, frequently hosting politicians and senior public officials. He also covers government and regulatory affairs for Deutsche Bank in Germany. Dr. Deutsch received his education in political science and economics from the Free University of Berlin (diplomas in 1990 and 1992, doctorate in 1995) and spent a year as a Fulbright exchange student at George Washington University, Washington, DC, in 1988/89. Dr. Deutsch has published or edited four books on economic policy and international trade and has published several dozens of research reports.