- September 04, 2019
On September 4, 2019, the Aspen Institute Germany hosted a Brown Bag Lunch on “Populism and its Effects on Elections: A Danger for Democracy?” with Maria Fiedler, Political Correspondent, Der Tagesspiegel, and Martin Klingst, Political Correspondent, Die Zeit. In view of the results of the state parliamentary elections in Brandenburg and Saxony, the upcoming elections in Thuringia and the American presidential elections in 2020, the discussion focused on the effects of populism in Germany and the USA. In an interview with Rüdiger Lentz, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Germany, Maria Fiedler and Martin Klingst shared impressions of their trips to the rural regions of the Eastern German states with the participants. The participants further discussed how to deal with the growing popularity of the AfD and the increasingly voiced dissatisfaction of many citizens. Concerning the U.S., the participants were particularly interested in Trump’s current prospects for four more years in the White House.