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Interpreting the 2021 German federal election results

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The Merkel era is drawing to a close… sort of. After 16 years, Germans will go to the polls on September 26 to elect a new chancellor. But with a fragmented German party landscape, and record numbers of mail-in ballots and undecided voters, the outcome remains more open than in any postwar German election. What is likely, however, is that Germany could see its first three-way governing coalition; with several numerically possible options, that might mean protracted coalition negotiations. Meanwhile, until those questions are resolved, Chancellor Merkel will head a caretaker government.

On September 27, the day after the election, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted a panel discussion to dissect the results.

Viewers submitted questions for speakers by emailing or by joining the conversation on Twitter with #GermanElection.

This event is part of the Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative, which aims to build up and expand resilient networks and trans-Atlantic activities to analyze and work on issues concerning trans-Atlantic relations and social cohesion in Europe and the United States.


Opening remarks

Panel discussion


Yascha Mounk

Associate Professor of the Practice - Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Senior Fellow - Council on Foreign Relations

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