Last year, Angela Merkel confirmed that she will not attempt to remain Chancellor of Germany past 2021. In office since 2005, her tenure has been marked by crisis in the Eurozone and a migrant crisis to which her response has been controversial. It has also seen the decline of Germany's two main political parties or alliances, the CDU/CSU and the SPD, as other parties like the AFD, often described as far-right, and the Greens rise in prominence. On 5th March, we will host a panel discussion to consider what legacy she leaves behind and what may happen to German politics in the future.
Professor Dan Hough
Professor Hough is the Head of the Department of Politics at the University of Sussex. He edits the leading academic journal on contemporary Germany, 'German Politics'.
Dr Inga Rademacher
Dr Rademacher joined the Department of European & International Studies at King's College in September 2018 after teaching Political Economy at Goldsmiths College (University of London). Inga holds a PhD in Political Science from the Max Planck Institute of the Study of Societies in Cologne/University of Osnabrueck. Her primary focus will be on economic policy and particularly on new forms of economic intervention which emerged after the financial crisis and the European debt crisis.
Dr Matthias Dilling
Matthias Dilling is a Departmental Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford and a Special Lecturer at Magdalen College. Dr Dilling's research is on party politics in Europe and he is an expert on Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union. His current projects include the completion of a book manuscript on why Christian democratic parties have varied in their ability to adapt to changing social and political conditions as well as articles on institutional change and the radical right.
Professor William Paterson
Professor Paterson is an Honorary Professor of German and European Politics at Aston University and was previously Director of the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham and Salvesen Professor of European Institutions and Director of the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh. He coined the term 'reluctant hegemon' and co-authored 'Germany and the European Union: Europe's Reluctant Hegemon?' with Simon Bulmer. He also gave laureation speeches for Honorary Doctorates given to German Chancellors Willy Brandt and Helmut Kohl.