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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of the most influential leaders in the 21st Century, is stepping down after 16 years in power. The German parliamentary elections do not just represent a new era for Germany but are also crucial also for Europe's future. A new German government will greatly influence the EU in the coming decade and shape its global relations as well as its trade and climate policies.

During the Merkel years, Germany has been at Europe's centre of power, attempting to hold the EU together through a number of crises and challenges. Merkel's term in office was characterised by stability and predictability but also by bold and controversial decisions on the Eurozone, immigration and energy policy. What path will a new German government - in all likelihood composed of three coalition partners - take in terms of Germany's and the EU's relationships with the world? Will Merkel's successor manage to meet the expectations of Germans and Europeans amidst all the current challenges? Can we expect changes in the bloc's foreign and economic policy towards Asia?

At this webinar, Dr Roland Vogt, Head, School of Modern Languages and Cultures and Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong will give his perspective on how the outcome will affect the development of German and European foreign policies and trading relationship with other countries.

He will be joined by Eberhard Brodhage, Founder of Asia Europe Business Partners Ltd., Member of AV - German Asia-Pacific Business Association and Asien-Pazifik-Forum Berlin e.V., to share his insights on the possible impact and outlook on the German and European economy, and the key takeaways for Asian and Hong Kong businesses.

Don't miss the chance to gain more understanding and insights about the prospects of E.U. and important notes for members doing businesses with the bloc.

Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

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Dr Roland Vogt is Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and Associate Professor of European Studies at the University of Hong Kong. His research is on European politics, foreign and security policy and EU-China relations.

Eberhard Brodhage, Founder of Asia Europe Business Partners Ltd., Member of  OAV - German Asia-Pacific Business Association and Asien-Pazifik-Forum Berlin e.V., is a former banker with four decades of experience in supporting real-economy focused companies develop their business in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. His company’s operations straddle Asia and Europe, with operational bases in Hong Kong, Asia's World City, and Berlin, Germany's political capital and thriving Startup and FinTech environment.

Date and Time 2021/10/18 13:00 to 14:00
Venue This seminar will take place online
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Kari Yu
Tel: 2823 1266
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