Discussion Germans Go To the Polls: Merkel’s Fate and Europe’s Future

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Mon, 09/18/2017

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On September 24, 2017, Germans will elect the members of the 19th Bundestag, who in turn elect the country’s Chancellor. Three American and German voices will provide perspectives during this debate on the most critical topics for Germany’s future: migration, economic and social justice, and the European Union.

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Isaac Stanley-Becker © Ken Yanagisawa Isaac Stanley-Becker © Ken Yanagisawa Isaac Stanley-Becker is a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford focusing on the history of modern Europe and a reporter for the Washington Post. He has reported from six countries over the past year, including, most recently, Germany, where he has written about German politics and culture in the run-up to the September election. He is also a dual German-American citizen. 

Constanze Stelzenmüller © private Constanze Stelzenmüller © private Constanze Stelzenmüller, an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy, is the inaugural Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. Prior to working at Brookings, she was a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where she directed the influential Transatlantic Trends survey program. Stelzenmüller holds a doctorate in law from the University of Bonn (1992), a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1988), and a law degree from the University of Bonn (1985).

Guido Steinberg © private Guido Steinberg © private Guido Steinberg is a senior fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin, specialising in Middle East Affairs and Islamist Terrorism. He has formerly worked as an advisor on international terrorism in the German Federal Chancellery (2002-2005). He is also a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow am American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.


Dieter Dettke © private Dieter Dettke © private Dieter Dettke is Adjunct Professor in the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, DC. He served as the US Representative and Executive Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Washington from 1985 until 2006. In 2006 and 2007 he was a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars working on his book Germany Says ‘No’: The Iraq War and the Future of German Foreign and Security Policy. He studied Law and Political Science in Bonn and Berlin, Germany and in Strasbourg, France. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1967/68.

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