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The German Election: What’s Next for EU-China Relations?



Germany’s federal election on September 26 will herald a new era. With Angela Merkel’s stepping down after nearly 16 years at the helm of the bloc’s leading and largest economy, it remains uncertain who will succeed her and what kind of coalition will take power.

Given the real differences on key issues such as the stance towards China, domestic and foreign policies by Germany’s parties, the results will indispensably redraw the contours of the country’s political typography.

What is the foreign policy outlook under the new German administration? How is the new German administration going to impact the direction of the EU policy? What is the outlook of China-EU relationship in the new era and how it will further impact the European business in China?

In the latest edition of the European Chamber’s Experts Talk Series, we are delighted to welcome a strong line-up with prominent speakers – top academics from Berlin, illustrious think tank specialist in Beijing, an European parliamentarian and former head of the Green Party, best group possible to do crystal ball reading days after the election.

 Expert dialogue will feature:

  • Dr Janka Oertel, Director of the Asia Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Mr. Joachim Koschnicke, Co-lead of Public Affairs offerings based in Berlin office, Finsbury Glover Hering
  • Mr. Noah Barkin, Managing Editor, Rhodium Group’s China practice
  • Mr. Reinhard Hans BÜTIKOFER, Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA)
  • Professor Feng Zhongping, Director of Institute of European Studies at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

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