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Election debate: Merkel, a never-ending story?
12-06-2017 at 20:00 - 21:30
The election year does not seem to end soon! After the American, Dutch and French elections, it’s up to the English and Germans to vote. On the 12th of June at 20h, SIB-Groningen is organising a pre-election night on the German elections. Experts on Germany and German politicians will speak and debate about the upcoming elections. This event will take place at Peperstraat 19 and will be open and free to everybody.
Despite the strong criticism on her refugee policies from inside and outside of Germany, Angela Merkel’s popularity does not seem to fade. The upcoming elections will show whether she has to step down or continues to lead the country in times of crises and the reformation of the European Union. Join another fascinating SIB-lecture on the 12th of June and engage with politicians and experts on the political landscape of one of the most influential powers in Europe. Stay tuned for the announcement of our guests very soon!
Our speakers of this evening are:
-Marja Verburg, who will be the moderator for the night. She writes on German politics for among others the Germany Institute in Amsterdam and has worked at the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.
-Klaus-Peter Wennemann is a Regional Chairman for the FDP in Niedersachsen and specializes in security policy and the debt crisis.
-Philipp van Gels is the head of the youth wing of the Bremen faction of the CDU.
-Steffen Haake is the head of the youth wing of the SPD in the city of Aurich, and has undertaken great efforts in promoting his region in the European context.
-Sofia Leonidakis is a member of the state parliament of Bremen for Die Linke. She specializes in foreign, European and development cooperation policy and women’s rights.