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March 26, 2018

Merkel’s Fourth Term: End of an era?

Henry Jackson Society

Date: 18:00 – 19:00, Monday 26th March 2018

Location: Committee Room 2, House of Lords,
Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0PW


Ali Aslan  
German TV Presenter and Journalist

Former Policy and Media Advisor to the German government

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After months of tortuous negotiations, Germany finally has a new government. A ‘grand coalition’ has been returned to office. Outlasting an array of UK prime ministers and US presidents, Angela Merkel – touted as the new leader of the free world in 2016 – returns as chancellor for a fourth term in office, meaning that she will have governed for some 16 years by 2021. But what does this latest grand coalition signify? Does it mark the start of a new era in German politics, or does it represent business as usual? What does it mean for the future of German politics, not least with the collapse of the Social Democrats and the rise of Alternative for Germany? Faced with so many challenges both at home and abroad/and in Europe, can Germany’s new government deliver?

By kind invitation of The Lord Balfe, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to welcome Ali Aslan to share his thoughts on the formation of Chancellor Merkel’s fourth government. Mr Aslan will be able to provide a unique insight on the subject given his vast experience covering political events in the country.

Ali Aslan

Ali Aslan has worked worldwide for global news networks such as CNN, ABC News and Deutsche Welle TV, where he hosted the internationally acclaimed talk show “Quadriga” which reaches 200 countries and 90 million viewers each week. An internationally sought-after presenter, Aslan regularly moderates at major conferences around the world and has shared the stage, among others with Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Bill Clinton.  As a former Policy and Media Advisor to the German government, Aslan is also a frequent public speaker on German and European politics. Aslan is a United Nations Fellow and a member of the Körber Network Foreign Policy as well as the Global Diplomacy Lab. He has been named a Young Leader by the American Council on Germany, the BMW Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Munich Security Conference and the Atlantik-Brücke.