Assessing the 2021 Bundestag Election

April 29, 2022

In conjunction with the BMW Center for German and European Studies and generously funded by the DAAD, AGI conducted a one-day conference devoted to assessing the results and impact of the 2021 Bundestag election.

The 2021 Bundestag election was the most important since 2005, marking the end of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s long tenure. Olaf Scholz is the new head of government, presiding over a novel three-party coalition. New policy departures have been announced and many challenges—especially in the areas of infrastructure, digitalization, and climate—have been addressed. But then, everything changed with Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February, leading to the most significant policy departures in a generation.

This one-day conference brought together scholars and practitioners from Germany and the United States to delve deeply into an analysis of the election results, the policy trajectory of the new government, and the momentous shifts especially in foreign and defense policy.


Frank Decker, Institut für Politische Wissenschaft und Soziologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany

Sven T. Siefken, Institute for Parliamentary Research, Berlin, and Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Barbara Donovan, Political Science, Wesleyan College

Joe Joffe, Kissinger Center, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Carol Hager, Environmental Studies and Political Science, Bryn Mawr College

Louise Davidson-Schmich, Political Science, University of Miami

Hannah Alarian, Political Science, University of Florida

Jonas Driedger, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Gale Mattox, Political Science, United States Naval Academy/AGI

Stephen Szabo, AGI

Read More

Led From Behind: Understanding Germany’s Changing Russia Policy by Jonas J. Driedger

Germany’s China and Russia Policy in the Election and Beyond by Stephen F. Szabo

Gender and Sexuality in the 2021 German National Election & Subsequent Coalition Agreement by Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

Opposition(s) in a Fragmented Party System by Barbara Donovan

Elections are not Enough: Negotiating the “Traffic Light” Coalition Contract in 2021 by Sven T. Siefken

Support for this event was provided by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).