Europe 2017: Avoiding Electoral Surprises

Kursnummer: 16717

Part 6 – Germany:
New or old ways to tackle internal and external challenges?

When: 18 September 2017, from 9:30 to 12:30.
Where: Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstrasse 35, 1010 Wien
Registration deadline: 14 September 2017

Cooperation project: fjum, the European Commission Representation in Austria and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Seminar series on the countries that hold election in 2017. Information regarding the Czech Republic to follow.



If election polls are to be trusted, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will win the upcoming elections. However, the same forecasts foresee that she will have to form a collation. Depending on the coalition partner, her policies could vary. In 2015 and 2016, the refugee influx to Germany promoted the rise of both Pegida and Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). Since then, AfD popularity diminished, but voters’ concerns remained. How do the mainstream parties address these concerns?

A recent study by Chatham House (London), The Future of Europe Comparing Public and Elite Attitudes, reveals that over 50% of the surveyed citizens from 10 EU countries see Germany’s role in the EU as positive. Implicitly, after Brexit and the foreign policy ambivalences unleashed by the current US President Donald Trump, Germany is expected to offer leadership and vision of the EU. What is that vision?



Dr. Hendrik Träger, University of Leipzig, specialist in voters’ behaviour, will address the first topic. Full CV.

Julian Rappold, European Policy Centre (Brussels), an expert in German EU relations, will focus on Berlin’ vision(s) of the EU. Full CV.



The session consists of 2 presentations, followed by interactive discussions. The reduced group size allows for a continuous dialogue. On Thursday, 14 September 2017, all participants will receive a selection of background articles on recent political developments in Germany.


Target Groups:

Journalists from the Austrian and Austria-based media, foreign and national news desks.



Read the provided material before the session.

Maximum number of participants: 12


Registration deadline: 14 September 2017


Further Questions:

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomić, seminar manager,, or call 0676 365 26 93

Mirjana Tomić develops and manages fjum_Kontext information sessions on current international affairs. Her international career encompasses journalism, media and political analyses, public outreach and university lecturing. She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Brandeis University, US, and an MA from El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico.


EU Kommission Wien    Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Wien

18.09.201709:30 - 12:30
Teilnahme kostenlos. Bewerbung erforderlich.
Haus der EU
Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien