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After the German elections: What future of European Social Democracy?

  • Date(s)
    24 September 2013
  • Time
    18:00 – 19:30
  • Location
    Brighton Holiday Inn, Lancing 1
After the German elections: What future of European Social Democracy?

Policy Network at the Labour Party Conference 2013

The German federal election will be held on 22 September. It is a landmark election given the insight it will offer into the state of European social democracy and the future of the EU. The Social Democratic Party (SPD) currently lags far behind Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the polls despite recognition that German economic success has come to the detriment of standards of living and rising poverty. Like in many other EU countries, the SPD finds it difficult to tune into mainstream attitudes and articulate a credible post-crisis settlement. It’s only avenue to return to power appears to lie in a coalition with the Green party.

What can the UK Labour learn from the German election? What does the result of the German election say about the attractiveness of the social democratic political offer in Europe? Has European social democracy come to terms with the need for welfare reform, fiscal discipline and political innovation? Are coalition governments the future for European centre-left parties?

Welcome:
Ulrich Storck
, director, Friedrich Ebert Foundation London

Speakers:
Thorben Albrecht
, head of Strategy and Policy Department for Germany's Social Democratic Party
David Blunkett, Labour member of Parliament and former Home Secretary
Martin Kettle, associate editor, The Guardian
Katrine Kielos, columnist, Aftonbladet
Emma Reynolds, Labour member of Parliament and shadow Europe minister
Ernst Stetter, Secretary General, FEPS

Chair: Olaf Cramme, director, Policy Network

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This event is in partnership with FEPS and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

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