Germany’s elections and the future of Europe

How will the new German government influence EU reform? 


Tuesday, October 10 15:00 UK / 10:00 EDT

Germany's elections have completed the cycle of major European elections this year, with the two central pillars of the EU, France and Germany, among the four of Western Europe’s seven largest economies having gone to the polls.

The populist anti-establishment sentiment that last year led the United Kingdom to vote for Brexit and the United States for Donald Trump has receded — if not gone away.

But the existential angst that gripped the European Union immediately after the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum has dissipated. Support for the EU has, if anything, strengthened among the populations of continental Europe.

The Union is now looking at how to move forward ‘the European project’ under the leadership of France and Germany, two countries whose leaders will now have a clear four-to-five year run in which to re-shape a reinvigorated EU untrammelled by London.

• What effect will a ‘Jamaica’ coalition in Germany have for the future of the EU?
• Is the Juncker formula of 'more Europe more quickly' the right direction for the EU?
• Is a 'two-speed' Europe of an increasingly integrated euro-area and a loosely federated trade periphery the EU's future?
• Will a common budget and fiscal policy for the EU core be the stepping stone to a more federal EU?
• Where would greater European co-ordination on defence and security leave the relationship between the EU and NATO?

Share your thoughts and put your questions on all of these questions and anything else that concerns or excites you about the future of the EU to three of Oxford Analytica's expert senior advisors in our special client conference call on Tuesday, October 10.