The recent electoral outcomes in Great Britain, the United States as well as prospects in France and the Netherlands seem to be influenced by the same script of right-wing populists, disrupting long-standing political conventions and power configurations. In the run-up to the parliamentary elections in Germany, the panel will discuss what lessons to draw from these events: Are the protest voters that supported Donald Trump similar to the supporters of the "Alternative für Deutschland"? What can we learn from voter disaffection and the increasing skepticism towards the political elites? What are promising strategies to revitalize democratic values, in Germany and beyond? By taking into account democratic developments in other countries and by bringing together political and economic arguments, the panel aims at putting the German elections in context and offering an outlook on what might happen in and after September 2017.
A reception will follow in the CES Atrium.