The Atlantic Council’s Europe Center is pleased to invite you to a virtual event, “The new German government’s priorities: What’s next in Berlin?” as part of the Europe Center’s #GermanyVotes: The Superwahljahr Series. This event will take place on Monday, December 13, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.  

With Olaf Scholz’s ascendency to Chancellor and an unprecedented three-party coalition, there remain key questions about the priorities and dynamics of the next German government.  

The unique governing coalition specifically raises questions about a number of critical topics including German post-Merkel leadership and monetary policy inside the EU, Berlin’s relationship with Russia and China, and security and defense issues regarding NATO and European strategic autonomy, to name a few. Entering office with an agenda for change, the coalition’s intended shifts in climate, economic and other policy areas may also have wider repercussions for Germany’s on key issues in Europe.

This #GermanyVotes wrap-up event will focus on the priorities of the new German government and explore Germany’s foreign policy priorities both in Europe and beyond. How will the new German government impact the dynamics in the EU? What is the future of Germany’s relationship with China with a Green foreign minister? How will this German government respond to security challenges including the looming threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, the future of Nord Stream II, and German commitments in NATO?  

This discussion will take place on Zoom and will be broadcast on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. To receive the event information, please register using the button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to watch the event.


Tyson Barker

Head, Technology and Global Affairs Program
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Constanze Stelzenmüller

Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe; Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and trans-Atlantic Relations
Brookings Institution

Rachel Rizzo

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Europe Center
Atlantic Council

Europe Center

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