German Federal Elections 2021

Germany’s 2021 federal election marks both the end of Angela Merkel’s 16-year chancellorship and the realignment of German foreign and security policy. It presents an ideal opportunity for DGAP to offer the future German government constructive recommendations for action based on its foreign policy expertise on geo-economics, technology, climate, migration, international order, and security. We invite you to engage in dialogue with us through the publications and events in this dossier.

Wahlprogramme im Vergleich 



Prioritäten für die neue Bundesregierung

Memo Visual Regierung


Recent publications

Building European Resilience and Capacity to Act

Lessons for 2030

Containing twelve scenarios for the world in 2030, this report offers insights into how the EU can maintain and build up its capacity to act in the face of the major disruptive changes that are likely to come over this decade. It is being released in the run-up to German elections in September 2021 that will serve as a kind of referendum on ten years of government-heavy crisis management.


You can download the updated German version of the complete report here.

Dr. Roderick Parkes
Dr. Anna-Lena Kirch
Serafine Dinkel

A New Foreign Policy for Germany?

Experts Assess the German Coalition Deal of 2021
Dr. Christian Mölling
Tyson Barker
Dr. Tim Rühlig
et al.
Online Commentary

Neue Konflikte vermeiden

Deutschland muss eine europäische Energiewende-Außenpolitik verfolgen, im Interesse aller.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Goldthau
Online Kommentar


Past events


The Foreign Policy Plans of the New German Government

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Perspektiven und Chancen deutscher Sicherheits- und Verteidigungspolitik

Germany should push for a Euro Area reform

Germany should help replace cryptocurrency mining

Das Kapitel Außenpolitik im Koalitionsvertrag

Cem Özdemir: Deutsche Außenpolitik mit den Grünen

Germany should diversify away from China

#BTW21: Diversität in der Außenpolitik – Chancen und Ausblick

Olaf Scholz: Außen- und sicherheitspolitische Positionen

Smarte Souveränität: Mehr Handlungsfähigkeit für die deutsche Außenpolitik

Germany should brace herself for a forceful Russian foreign policy