Germany and Europe After Merkel (December 7)

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03.12.2021 - Article

A panel that reflects on Angela Merkel's years as the German Chancellor and future trajectories in German and European politics.

NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and Deutsches Haus at NYU present “Germany and Europe after Merkel,” with Christian Martin, Joyce Marie Mushaben, Sophie Pornschlegel, and Robert J. Rohrschneider. The conversation will be chaired by Stephen Gross and Thomas Zittel.

NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and Deutsches Haus at NYU present a panel on the legacy of Angela Merkel's 16-year tenure as German Chancellor and the future that lays ahead. The panel will discuss the policy achievements of Merkel's four governments, as well as the future of German and European politics without Merkel, as she leaves office in the midst of many pressing challenges. Each panelist will offer introductory comments, to be followed by a Q & A with the audience.

About the participants:

Stephen Gross is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU. His research explores the political economy of Germany and Europe in the twentieth century, now with a focus on questions of energy and climate.

Christian Martin is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Kiel. His research interests focus on the sub-field of political economy with special emphases on electoral behavior, party systems, and policymaking. His analyses about the populist-right vote in Germany and how it is affected by the centrist move of Angela Merkel’s party, the CDU, appeared, among others, in Politische Vierteljahresschriften.

Joyce Marie Mushaben is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Comparative Politics (Emerita) at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and an affiliated faculty member at Georgetown’s BMW Center for German and European Studies (CGES). She is an internationally acknowledged expert on German politics and on Chancellor Merkel. Her book Becoming Madame Chancellor: Angela Merkel and the Berlin Republic was published in 2017 with Cambridge University Press.

Sophie Pornschlegel is a Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. Her research focuses on European integration, Franco-German relations, as well as EU democracy and rule of law issues. She is also affiliated with the Berlin-based think tank 'Das Progressive Zentrum' and was awarded the 2020/2021 Charlemagne Prize Fellowship, during which she conducted research on EU solidarity.

Robert J. Rohrschneider is Sir Robert Worcester Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. His research interests involve comparative public opinion, political parties, and democratic representation in Western and Central-Eastern European democracies. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on German political culture and party politics after unification.

Thomas Zittel is Professor for Comparative Politics at Goethe University Frankfurt and currently Max Weber Visiting Professor for European and German Studies at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University. His research focuses on comparative political representation with special emphases on legislative organization and behavior, political personalization, campaigns politics, electoral systems, and democratization.

“Germany and Europe after Merkel” is funded by the DAAD from funds of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).

Location & Time

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST


Please register here.

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