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Meet the Candidates

On September 26, Germany will select a new Chancellor for the first time in 16 years. As the political parties identify their candidates for Chancellor, the ACG reflects on the critical role each of these candidates plays in transatlantic relations. In 2018 and 2019, the Council hosted the heads of the CDU, FDP, the Greens, and the SPD. Click the links below to read summaries of those discussions.

The ACG has hosted discussions with Annalena Baerbock, The Green Party’s candidate for Chancellor in the upcoming German election. She met with members and friends of the ACG in New York in late 2018 and participated in an official side event at the Munich Security Conference in 2019, which was hosted by ACG and AICGS.

The ACG hosted Armin Laschet for a Breakfast Briefing in March 2019. At the time, he focused on the role state and local governments can play in meeting common global challenges, such as climate change and migration. If anything, the role of cities, regions, and states in addressing international issues has grown since then. He also talked about the future of Europe and the need for Europe to assume greater responsibility in foreign and defense policy.

On May 2, 2019, the ACG hosted a roundtable discussion with the head of the Free Democratic Party, Christian Lindner. At the time he talked about the 2017 election results and coalition negotiations – but also about the future of his party and about the challenges in Germany, Europe, and on the world stage. Many of those challenges still exist today.

In February 2019, Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz – who is now the Social Democrat’s candidate for Chancellor – kicked off an official side event at the Munich Security Conference hosted by ACG and AICGS. In his remarks, he underscored the common values and the mutual interests shared by Europe and the United States. In the face of today’s common global challenges, the transatlantic partners must continue to work together in a multilateral rules-based system to guarantee peace and prosperity.