Ahead of this key election year in Germany, and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s departure from the world stage, what changes can we anticipate from a new government and new leadership team in Berlin?

Join us on June 8 and June 24 for a look at some of the major policy issues that will dominate the election campaign in September and subsequent coalition building. The Hertie School is pleased to host this series in partnership with Open Society Foundations.

Upcoming event

Priorities in the German federal election - Economic and fiscal policy during Germany’s green transformation
Thursday, 24.06.2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CEST | Online via Zoom

The green transformation of Germany’s economy has become the key theme for the upcoming general election. All major parties promise to tackle climate change, although they differ in their means towards this objective. How will a future government approach these challenges? What economic policies will do the splits? And what will this all mean for Germany’s role in Europe and the world? This event will bring together academics and policymakers for a debate on the economic policies that will shape the election.


  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). 
  • Otto Fricke, member of the German Parliament, the Bundestag, and budgetary spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group. 
  • Maja Göpel, Director of Research at The New Institute, bestselling author and important voice for a sustainable transformation of society working at the intersection of economy, politics and society.
  • Lisa Paus, member of the German Parliament since 2017, spokesperson for financial policy, leader of the finance working group of ALLIANCE 90/THE GREENS.
  • Carolin Schenuit, Managing Director of Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft (FÖS).
  • Wolfgang Schmidt, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance. 
  • Kai Whittaker, Chairman of the CDU/CSU working group on the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development.

Moderator: Jochen Andritzky, member of the Next Bretton Woods Group at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and former secretary general, German Council of Economic Experts

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Past event 

Priorities in the German federal election - Foreign policy
Tuesday, 08.06.2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CET | Online via Zoom

This event discussed the foreign policy priorities of major parties in the German Bundestag and their views on European integration, transatlantic cooperation, security alliances and post-pandemic international cooperation among others.


  • Daniela Schwarzer, Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia at Open Society Foundations
  • Norbert Röttgen MdB, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, CDU/CSU
  • Nils Schmid MdB, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, SPD
  • Alexander Kulitz MdB, Spokesperson for Foreign Economical Relations, FDP
  • Hannah Neumann MEP, Spokesperson for Human Rights, Greens / EFA Group

Moderator: Cornelius Adebahr, Hertie Fellow and policy advisor

Couldn't make it? Watch the recording of the event