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How Will the Germans Vote on September 24?

Expert Forum on September 14, 2017, 12 noon: Experts at Freie Universität to Address the Media

№ 233/2017 from Sep 05, 2017

According to surveys, about 40 percent of the voters have not yet decided how they will vote in the German federal elections on September 24. With 42 political parties to choose from, there are more options than ever since the Federal Republic of Germany was founded. What problems will a new government have to deal with urgently? How open is the race between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and her challenger Martin Schulz (SPD)? What are the differences between the two candidates? What topics will ultimately be decisive? What foreign and domestic signals would come from a renewed victory by Angela Merkel or a victory by the SPD candidate Martin Schulz?

Political scientists and other scholars at Freie Universität Berlin will address these and other issues during an expert forum. The presentations and discussion will take place in German. There will be an opportunity to conduct interviews in English following the discussion.

Time and Location:

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017, 12 noon
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Seminar Center, Room L 115, Otto-von-Simson-Straße 26, 14195 Berlin (subway station: Freie Universität / Thielplatz, U 3)

The following experts will be available for interviews:

  • Prof. Irwin Collier, Ph.D., John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
    Main expertise: transatlantic relations, U.S. economic policy, and global economy
  • Prof. Dr. Giacomo Corneo, Public Finance and Social Policy Unit
    Main expertise: Tax policy, redistribution, inequality, state financing, the euro
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer, Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Division of Media Use Research
    Main expertise: Political online communication; campaigning, especially using the Internet / online media; survey research; influence of the Web on elections
  • Prof. Dr. Hajo Funke, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science
    Main expertise: Right-wing extremism, issues of democracy and political culture
  • Prof. Dr. Oskar Niedermayer, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science
    Main expertise: Parties, elections, political sociology
  • Prof. Dr. Paul Nolte, Friedrich Meinecke Institute, Chair in Modern History / Contemporary History
    Main expertise: Change in the political system, elections, social milieus, German society and politics in historical and contemporary dimensions, the history of democracy, and democracy at present
  • Dr. Sabine von Oppeln, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science
    Main expertise: European Union, Franco-German relations

To attend, please sign up by September, 11, 12 noon via email to experten@fu-berlin.de; Subject: Expertenforum; please specify the medium you are reporting for.

Further Information

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