Making the Traffic Light Work: The State of Coalition Negotiations for the Next German Government

In this AGI webinar, Tom Nuttall, Constanze Stelzenmüller, and Sven Siefken discuss the state of the German coalition negotiations, how these negotiations differ from others, and what challenges the new government will face.

Germany is likely to get its first federal three-party coalition since the 1950s as the SPD, Greens, and FDP negotiate a coalition agreement and personnel for the next four years. This agreement will set out a detailed policy agenda at this pivotal point for the country, continent, and world. Will ambitious spending plans for the environment and digitalization come to fruition? How will any new spending be financed? What will policy be towards NATO, the European Union, Russia, and China? Who will occupy key ministries such as finance, interior, and foreign affairs? This webinar will bring together three leading experts to provide insight into the state of play, the likely compromises that will emerge, and what impact the agreement may have on the transatlantic partnership.

Tom Nuttall, Berlin Bureau Chief, The Economist
Dr. Sven T. Siefken, Political Scientist, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and Visiting Professor, Colorado College
Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe and Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and trans-Atlantic Relations, The Brookings Institution

Eric Langenbacher, Director of the Society, Culture and Politics Program, American-German Institute

This webinar is supported by the AGI Harry & Helen Gray Culture and Politics Program and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is presented in partnership with The Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University, Birmingham, UK; the International Association for the Study of German Politics; and the BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University.

November 18, 2021

Building a Smarter German-American Partnership