Merkel to return – but other certainties vanish in German election

The 2017 German federal election is in the books and it brought tectonic changes to a political system that has seen remarkable stability. While Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative CDU/CSU technically won the election and the Social Democrats (SPD), led by Martin Schulz remain the second strongest party, yesterday’s result might prove to be the ending point for the idea of the Volksparteien. The two … Continue reading Merkel to return – but other certainties vanish in German election

Angela Merkel 3 – Martin Schulz 0

The blog below is written by Dicomm Advisors our partner agency in Berlin and one of the leading public affairs advisors in Germany. There have been three regional elections in Germany this year and the results don’t bode well for Martin Schulz, the former President of the European Parliament, and now the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) ahead of September’s federal election. The latest … Continue reading Angela Merkel 3 – Martin Schulz 0

Talking Brexit in Berlin

Part of the Newgate public affairs team spent time in Berlin last week meeting business and political leaders to discuss Brexit.  Below we set out some of our impressions.  These are obviously in no way scientific, but they do give a flavour of the thinking in Berlin. A deep sense of loss is one way to characterise the feeling in Berlin about the UK’s departure.  … Continue reading Talking Brexit in Berlin

Is the honeymoon over, Herr Schulz?

Our friends at dicomm advisors, a Berlin-based political consultancy, think-tank and communications agency, assess the upcoming German election. Within the last few weeks, the SPD candidate for German Chancellor, Martin Schulz, has seen his stock rise in Germany. However, this “Schulz effect”, which has brought high approval ratings to the SPD, now seems to have evaporated. The current polls in Germany (conducted by InfratestDimap) show the … Continue reading Is the honeymoon over, Herr Schulz?