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CIC National Capital (Ottawa): Germany’s Coalition Diplomacy, A New Era and What This Means for Canada (Online event)
January 25, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm ESTFree
Join the CIC National Capital Branch at its upcoming flagship webinar event in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Canada:
Germany’s Coalition Diplomacy, A New Era and What This Means for Canada
Following the sweeping results of the Bundestag elections in September 2021, the three leading German political parties — the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens, and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) — unanimously voted to adopt and sign a coalition deal in early December 2021 where SPD’s Olaf Scholz, newly elected German Chancellor, announced a coalition Cabinet of shared portfolios. In the new Cabinet, the SPD and the FDP leaders hold most of the domestic and social policy portfolio ministries, while the SPD also holds the defence portfolio, and the Greens have foreign policy portfolios such as climate, environment, and foreign affairs. The EU is Canada’s third largest trading partner. Likewise, Germany is a like-minded ally on various policy priorities, and it is also Canada’s largest export market in the EU. What will this new era of German coalition government diplomacy mean for Canada?
This insightful discussion on Germany’s newly formed coalition government and implications for Canada’s relations with the largest economy in the European Union (EU), will be led by distinguished foreign policy and German democratic institutions experts: Senator Peter Harder has previously held key senior leadership roles in Canada’s federal public service, including serving as Deputy Minister at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Citizenship and Immigration, Industry, Solicitor General, Public Security, and the Treasury Board Secretariat. Heidi Tworek, Ph.D. (Harvard University), is Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Department of History, University of British Columbia, and Canada Research Chair in History and Health Communications. Daniel Stockemer, Ph.D. (University of Connecticut), is a Full Professor at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, and the Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies. This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Norbert Eschborn, Director of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung office in Canada (KAS Canada). Elizabeth Kingston, Immediate Past President of the CIC National Capital Branch will deliver welcome remarks.
Full speaker bios: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y3nZookkUTZixRbgQ-6YsFHP6pGzTJVs/view