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

Gewaltorientierter Extremismus

Deutschland braucht eine nachhaltige Präventionspolitik
Sofia Koller
Miriam Katharina Heß
Alexander Ritzmann

Municipal Foreign Policy

Resilient Cities Foster Germany’s Capacity to Act
Dr. Anna-Lena Kirch
Serafine Dinkel
Fanny Kabisch

Globale Gesundheit

Mit Kooperation und Vorausschau gegen zukünftige Krisen
Tobias Bergner

Sustainable Crypto Currencies

Mining is affecting supply chains and the environment, but Germany can help mitigate it
Dr. Marlon Ebert
Dr. Matthias Hirtschulz
Ulf Henning Jacobs
et al.


Past events

20:00 - 21:00 | 23 Sep 2021

Junge DGAP fragt

Merle Spellerberg, Bundestagskandidatin für Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Dresden II, Bautzen II


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