The end of the Merkel consensus?

Can Merkel keep the European and domestic coalition afloat? 


Hans Kundnani, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Chaired by

Mark Leonard, Director, ECFR

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2 February 2016: The end of the Merkel consensus? by Ecfr on Mixcloud


Despite its structural power at EU level, the German coalition government led by Angela Merkel has failed to come up with a sound response to two of its vital interests: sustainable reform of the euro zone and the refugee question. With elections looming in 2017, can Merkel keep the coalition afloat?

Hans Kundnani is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow with GMF’s Europe program, based in Berlin. He previously worked as the Research Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an associate fellow at the Institute for German Studies at Birmingham University. He is the author of two books, Utopia or Auschwitz. Germany’s 1968 Generation and the Holocaust (2009); and The Paradox of German Power (2014).

Mark Leonard is the Director of ECFR. He is Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geoeconomics. His latest publication for ECFR Connectivity Wars: Why migration, finance and trade are the geo-economic battlegrounds of the future was released in January 2016.