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After Merkel: A power vacuum in Europe or a fresh start?

Credit photo: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

The 2021 German Federal Election is going to be anything but ordinary: Angela Merkel’s departure will reset the country’s political agenda and cause a major shift in Germany’s European policy – no matter who will follow in her footsteps.

What does the end of the Merkel era mean for the EU? Is there a desire to change or continue Germany’s EU policy? What are other member states‘ expectations for the new government’s position on EU priorities such as the COVID-19 recovery, the Green Deal and Europe’s global role?

The project seeks to encourage and contribute to the broader debate on Germany’s role in the Union, both in Brussels and in Berlin. It will do so by collecting several perspectives from European neighbours on the country’s current and future role in the EU and will make an effort to put European issues on the German domestic agenda during the election campaign, as well as in the crucial negotiation phase after.


Publications

Eastern Europe / COMMENTARY
Germany in the EU after Merkel: A view from the Baltics
By Justinas Mickus - 07/12/2021
Future of Europe / COMMENTARY
Germany in the EU after Merkel: A view from the Netherlands
By Luuk Molthof , Martijn Haas - 22/11/2021
Future of Europe / COMMENTARY
Germany in the EU after Merkel: A view from the Nordics
By Niklas Helwig , Valentin Kreilinger - 18/11/2021
Italy / COMMENTARY
Germany in the EU after Merkel: A view from Italy
By Nicoletta Pirozzi - 10/11/2021
Germany / COMMENTARY
The debate on the future of Europe has a German problem
By Johannes Greubel , Janis Emmanouilidis - 16/09/2021
Germany / COMMENTARY
Uninspired or indifferent? EU policy in the 2021 German election manifestos
By Sophie Pornschlegel , Alexandra Salomonsová - 03/09/2021
Germany / EXTERNAL PUBLICATION
What will Germany’s elections mean for the EU?
By Sophie Pornschlegel - 25/08/2021
Germany / COMMENTARY
After Merkel: Where will Germany stand in Europe?
By Johannes Greubel , Sophie Pornschlegel - 22/07/2021
Germany / COMMENTARY
More of the same, but different: Why Laschet should reform the CDU’s EU policy
By Johannes Greubel , Sophie Pornschlegel - 18/01/2021

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Connecting Europe Project Leader and Senior Policy Analyst
Expertise:
European integration, German and French EU policy, Franco-German relations, EU party politics
Policy Analyst
Expertise:
EU Governance, Germany, Better Regulation, European elections, Future of Europe
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