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A Decisive Result? Germany's Election Conundrum

Recorded on September 21, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Germany's parliamentary elections were supposed to reinvigorate the endangered transatlantic relationship. Yet with polls signaling a potential "grand coalition" between the CDU/CSU and the SPD, a more static Germany could instead be the likely result. Beyond the obvious international implications, there are fundamental questions as to the direction of Germany domestically. The absence of significant economic growth, coupled with a ticking pension time bomb, signal greater long-term problems for Germany.

How is the outcome of the German election likely to affect the transatlantic relationship? Will a new government in Berlin be able to address these fundamental issues? Is a "grand coalition" once again in the making? Join us as our distinguished panel of experts answer these questions and more regarding the German election conundrum.