On 28 September 2017, just four days after the German federal elections, scholars and practitioners from the UK, France and Germany convened at the Hertie School of Governance and looked back on the impact of elections this year, questioning their implications on the future of European governance.
The event, organized by the Hertie School in partnership with the Dahrendorf Forum, debated the role of populism in elections in these three countries, as well as the challenges for mainstream parties and the uncertainties surrounding the future of open and democratic European societies. While the anti-EU and anti-immigrant discourse tend to persist, the election results can be used as lessons to understand the voters´ needs, as well as to deal with nationalism and populist movements in the future.
The panel discussions featured Iain Begg (LSE), Janis A. Emmanouilidis (European Policy Center), Baroness Falkner of Margravine (Member of the House of Lords, UK), Sylvie Goulard (Former Member of European Parliament), Claus Offe (Hertie School), Jean Pisani-Ferry (Hertie School), Charlotte Potts (ZDF/Deutsche Welle), Andrea Römmele (Hertie School), and Sylke Tempel (German Council on Foreign Relations).
This video is in memory of our dear friend Sylke Tempel (1963-2017) of the German Council on Foreign Relations.