Everyone’s looking at Germany. Not because its general elections are typically an exciting affair, but because Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping down after more than a decade and a half at the helm of Europe’s most powerful nation. Germany’s youth wanted a female, young, climate activist to take her place, but the leader of a likely coalition will be Social Democrat Olaf Scholz.
Beyond Germany, this election is realigning EU politics. There are questions about whether France’s Macron will step into the Merkel vacuum, but he is up for re-election and isn’t known for consensus-building strengths. Beyond Macron, however, it is hard to think of an alternative. Will the values and unity of the EU remain strong?
Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Ramiro Villapadierna, former Executive Director at Instituto Cervantes and longtime Central European journalist based in Berlin. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic discusses the disappointment of young German voters who desperately wanted the Green Party in power.
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