The German Elections: The State of the Polity and Prospects for German Foreign Policy

September 30, 2009 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
History and Public Policy Program
International Security Studies

Constanze Stelzenmüller will discuss the outcome of the German national elections held on September 27, 2009. German Chancellor Angela Merkel emerged as a victor in Sunday's elections. Mrs. Merkel will lead a coalition government comprised of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP).

Constanze Stelzenmüller is a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States' Berlin office and a former Wilson Center public policy scholar. An expert on German foreign policy, transatlantic relations and international security, she previously directed GMF's Berlin office, and covered a broad range of defense, foreign policy, and security-related issues for the German weekly Die Zeit. Stelzenmüller earned a doctorate in law from the University of Bonn, as well as an M.A. in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She has been a Remarque Fellow at New York University and a GMF Campus Fellow at Grinnell College in Iowa.

Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant

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