German Politics in the Coronavirus Era
On this episode of The Zeitgeist podcast, Jeff Rathke is joined by Dr. Eric Langenbacher, Senior Fellow and Director of AICGS’ Society, Culture & Politics Program. They discuss how the coronavirus is affecting Germany’s politics, including a surge in support for the CDU and decline for both the Greens and the AfD. They look at the looming leadership change in the CDU and consider some of the contenders for Merkel’s successor. They also discuss the role of federalism in the two countries’ responses to the coronavirus, and the fundamental differences between Germany’s style of coordinative federalism versus the U.S.’ competitive federalism.