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Elections in Europe

After the U.S. election, attention is focused on the new administration in Washington and on national politics in Europe. While the Netherlands has already held federal elections in 2017, the French and the Germans are preparing for their own elections.  After the June 2016 referendum in the United Kingdom in favor of a Brexit, Donald Trump’s upset of Hillary Clinton, and increased polarization and rising populism across Europe, there is a lot to talk about.

In recent months, the ACG has hosted discussions in New York and across the country that have touched on these issues. For example, in their conversation about the impact of the U.S. election Christopher Caldwell, Senior Editor for The Weekly Standard, and Georg Mascolo, Head of the Joint Investigative Group of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, NDR, and WDR, talked about the implications of the rise of populism in Europe. Dr. Sergey Lagodinsky, Head of the EU/North America Department at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Berlin, discussed rising populism, growing political polarization, and elections in Europe. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers, Former Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia and former Federal Minister for Education, Science, Research, and Technology, spoke on the “Superwahljahr” and implications for Germany’s standing in Europe and the transatlantic relationship. Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Vice President of the European Parliament,  discussed the challenges faced in Europe during the major election year. Consul General of Germany in New York David Gill spoke on the German elections only a few days before Germans took to the polls.

Below are a selection of podcasts which reflect on the elections in Europe.