German Election Party at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Enlarge image (© Germany.info) On the occasion of the German Parliamentary Elections on Sunday 24th, 2017, the German Consulate General and the Goethe-Zentrum organized a traditional “Wahlparty” (Election Party), which was attended by members of the German-American community.
With a live TV feed from Germany, the more than 70 guests had a chance to witness and discuss the election results, which returned Angela Merkel as chancellor for the fourth time but also gave the far-right party, Alternative for Germany (AfD) seats in the German parliament for the first time in half a century.
Enlarge image (© Germany.info) Deputy Consul General Olaf Ladegast, Volker Franke (Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University) and Marcus Marktanner (Associate Professor of Economics and International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University) were part of an expert panel, providing commentary and answering questions from the attendees.
Most of the discussion centered around possibilities for the new coalition government and the 12.6% by the far-right AfD, finishing third and entering the parliament for the first time.
Predictions are that Chancellor Merkel will form a coalition with the pro-business Freedom Democratic Party and the Green Party, the country’s environmentalist party. However, a new government will likely not be formed until the first few months of 2018.