With the German Elections, the Merkel Era has come to an end. What's next in EU policy? 

Europe was not a major focus during the German election. However, the next German governement will have to make decisions on crucial European questions in the near future. In our series of briefs and podcast episodes "Wahl spezial" we explore the challenges for the new German government in five core fields of European policy: migration policy, rule of law, foreign and security policy, industrial policy, and economic governance. 


Podcast EU to go - Election special

Election special: What's next in EU migration policy?

In our first election special episode, Thu Nguyen talks to Lucas Rasche about a topic that was mostly avoided in the election campaign - migration. Despite falling asylum numbers, the issue is still fraught with fear. However, this should not hide the fact that the new federal government has to answer difficult questions at the European level. Lucas Rasche explains in a concise 10 minutes what responsibility it has in this regard. 



Election special: What's next on the rule of law?

The rule of law crisis in the EU reached a new level of escalation last week as Poland's Constitutional Tribunal openly questioned the supremacy of EU law in its ruling. What makes the ruling so dangerous? How should the EU Commission react now? And what can the next German government do? Thu Nguyen and Lucas Guttenberg discuss this in the second episode of our "Election special" series.


Election special: What's next in EU foreign and security policy?

The Ampel-Sondierungspapier suggests that Europe's strategic sovereignty should be increased. However, it remains unclear what this means. What are the gaps in the paper? Where could there still be a rift in the coalition? And what can the next German government do to make the EU more effective in foreign policy? Lisa Westhäußer and Nicole Koenig discuss these questions in the third episode of our "Election Special" series.


Election special: What's next in EU industrial policy? 

For the first time in a long time, industrial policy played a major role in the Bundestag election campaign. Among other things, the question arose as to how industry in Germany can become climate-neutral. In the fourth episode of our "Wahl spezial" series, Lisa Westhäußer and Nils Redeker talk about the open industrial policy questions posed in the coalition negotiations.


Election special: What's next in EU economic governance? 

During the pandemic, the application of EU budget rules was suspended. The next federal government will have to deal very quickly with the question of when and in what form these rules should apply again. Lucas Guttenberg explains why this is so and what can be expected from the Ampelkoalition.