Max Muenchmeyer

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Max Muenchmeyer24th May 20171min

This month’s edition of the Germany Brief examines the outcome of the regional elections in Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia this month and their implications for the German Federal Elections in September 2017. In contrast to the earlier bounce effect for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) of the nomination of Martin Schulz as its candidate for Chancellor, the outcome of these regional elections paint a bleaker picture for that party’s aspirations. The brief also analyses the party conferences of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). It concludes with a review of Chancellor Merkel’s remarks prior to the Special European Council in April 2017 on Brexit and the ongoing tensions between Germany and Turkey.

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Max Muenchmeyer18th April 20171min

In the months leading up to the German Federal Elections on 24 September 2017, the IIEA will produce a monthly Germany Brief, which analyses current events in German domestic politics. This first issue of the Germany Brief examines developments in German party politics, particularly with regard to the Social Democratic Party’s reshuffle and the impact that the candidacy of former European Parliament President Martin Schulz for the chancellorship has had. It also assesses the tensions between Germany and Turkey leading up to the latter’s upcoming constitutional referendum on 16 April and provides an update on Germany’s G20 chairmanship.