The German Elections 2021: Paint it Black, Green Day or Red Triumph?

The German Elections 2021: Paint it Black, Green Day or Red Triumph?

FREE EVENT 14 SEP 2021: The European Union Centre of Excellence, Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University and the European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) invite you to this online presentation and discussion on the upcoming German federal election.

Voters in Germany - the EU's most populous Member State - will elect a new government and a new chancellor on 26 September 2021. This is the first election since 1949 in which the incumbent chancellor is not seeking re-election.

Angela Merkel will step down at the elections. After 16 years in office, Merkel’s is a hard act to follow, and so far, there is no clear favourite among the three candidates vying for the office. But it is not only that there is no favourite for the office of chancellor with less than a month until the election: in this most unpredictable German federal election in decades there is no clear indication which parties will form government, either. Early trends have been reversed, but many options remain open.

The election campaign itself has been lacklustre, dominated by personalities, disasters and scandals about plagiarism, disclosures, and resumé padding. Election manifestos for the major parties have been lofty but not provided any indication how Germany will address its many looming problems such as climate change, an aging population, the challenges of digitalisation and industry transformation in the wake of the pandemic, underinvestment in infrastructure and housing to name just a few.

You are invited to this online presentation and discussion on the upcoming German federal election.

Presenters 

Dr Maren Klein is a Research Officer in the European Union Centre of Excellence, Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University. Her research interests include German politics, the European Union as a global actor, governance, and transnational education.

Damian Privitera is currently studying International Studies at RMIT University. He is a former intern of the European Union Centre of Excellence. His interests include European diplomacy, international relations, climate change, renewable energy, and cross-cultural engagement, with a particular focus on German politics and language.

When

Tuesday 14 SEPTEMBER 2021
12.30pm - 2pm (Melbourne time)

Where

Online

Cost

Free

RSVP Required

Register HERE. The online link will be sent closer to the event date.

Hosts

  • European Union Centre of Excellence, Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University
  • European Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ)
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