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Wouter Meijer: Lessons from the German Elections
09-10-2017 at 20:00 - 22:00
Germany is in for another four years of Angela Merkel. The Chancellor has once again managed to convince the electorate to vote for her. Although Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz seemed to have enchanted the German people early on in the campaign, Merkel succeeded in taking back her grip on the polls and rode to her fourth electoral victory. But how did she manage to win the elections? Why has her popularity waned so little after twelve years in office?
Two weeks after the Bundestag elections, Wouter Meijer will visit us to reflect on the electoral results. Meijer worked as a correspondent in Berlin for the Dutch public radio and television broadcaster NOS from 2008 to 2014. In 2016, he wrote We kunnen niet allemaal Duitsers zijn (“We can’t all be Germans“) about his years in Germany. In this lecture, he will look back on the elections. He will talk about Merkel’s strategy of “asymmetric demobilisation”, the failure of “Gottkanzler” Schulz to achieve a definite breakthrough and the rise of Liberal wonder boy Christian Lindner. Moreover, he will discuss the importance of Europe in German politics and the main problems of German society which played a large (or small) role in these elections.
This event is free and open to everyone.