Merkel: Act IV – Germany and Europe After the September Elections

Thursday, October 12, 2017
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor of Pulitzer Hall, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Please join us for a panel discussion about the results of the September 24th general election in Germany and their impact both on German politics and on Germany’s foreign policy. This is event is presented by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the European Institute at Columbia University, and co-sponsored by The Harriman Institute, Deutsches Haus, and the Technology, Media, and Communications Specialization at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

Welcome Remarks

Irene Braam, Executive Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation

Event Moderator

Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, Director of the European Institute, Columbia University.

First Panel: Foreign Policy – Europe and Russia

from 5:00 to 6:15 pm.

Panelists will discuss Germany’s role in Europe after the French and German elections, and also the EU and Germany’s relations with Russia.


  • Alexander Cooley, Director of the Harriman Institute and Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University

  • Hans Kundnani, Senior Transatlantic Fellow in the Europe Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

  • Elizaveta Osetinskaya, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, Stanford University

  • Carsten von Nahmen, US Correspondent, Deutsche Welle

Second Panel: German Politics – Public Opinion and Society

from 6:30 to 7:45 pm

Panelists will analyze how the election results illustrate current political and social trends in Germany, and will explore their impact on German and European politics.


  • Christina Tillmann, Director, Program on the Future of Democracy, Bertelsmann Stiftung

  • Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University

  • Philipp Oehmke, New York Correspondent, Der Spiegel