The Bologna Institute for Policy Research | Seminar Series Event | Klaus-Dieter-Frankenberger---Attilio-Geroni---Andreas-Nick---Stephen-F.-Szabo-Where-is-Germany-Headed-after-Merkel
December 3, 2018 - 18:30 Penthouse - European and Eurasian Studies Series

Supported by the Steven Muller German Chair in German Studies.

Where is Germany Headed after Merkel?
Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger - Attilio Geroni - Andreas Nick - Stephen F. Szabo

hosted by Professor Erik Jones

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Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
Attilio Geroni
Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy
Andreas Nick
Deutscher Bundestag, Germany
Stephen F. Szabo
Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe, Italy

Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger is Foreign Editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Frankenberger holds a Master's Degree in Political Science, Economics, and American Studies from Frankfurt University. In 1980, he participated in an exchange program with the University of Mississippi. From 1982 to 1985 he was a research associate at the Center for North-American Studies at Frankfurt University. Frankenberger served as Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 to 1986. He was a Marshall Fellow at Harvard University in 1990. He has lectured at several American universities. In 2011, he was a Bosch Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, D.C. Since he joined the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany's leading national daily, in 1986, he served in various capacities, as European, International, and Editorial Page Editor. Frankenberger is a Member of the Trilateral Commission and of the Scientific Council of the Institute for European Politics in Berlin. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Federal Academy for Security Policy in Berlin and is associated with several organizations that deal with the transatlantic relationship.

Attilio Geroni is Foreign Affairs Editor of Il Sole 24 Ore. Geroni is staunchly pro-European and has been a journalist since 1983, covering European politics and economics for over 30 years at Il Sole 24 Ore. He was their Warsaw-based Central Europe Correspondent after the fall of the Berlin Wall, their Eurozone Business Correspondent (based in Frankfurt) during the first years of the European Monetary Union, and their Paris correspondent covering France during the Sarkozy presidency. He has been Il Sole 24 Ore's Foreign Affairs Editor since 2011.

Andreas Nick has been a CDU member of the German Bundestag since 2013. Since 2018, he is also Vice President and Head of the German Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. At the Bundestag, he serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs as rapporteur for the Council of Europe, the United Nations and issues of global order as well as regional rapporteur for Turkey, Hungary and South America. He is also a Ranking Member of CDU/CSU in the Subcommittee on the United Nations, International organizations and globalization. Nick was elected to the Bundestag following a professional career in banking. He worked in corporate finance for Barclays/BZW, Credit Suisse First Boston, and UBS both in Frankfurt and London. His final positions were as head of M&A at Sal. Oppenheim Jr. and Cie. and as professor of corporate finance at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Nick holds a master's degree and a doctorate in business administration from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, as well as a Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.

Stephen F. Szabo is currently a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and an Adjunct Lecturer in European Studies at SAIS. He served as the Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy, a Washington DC based forum for research and dialogue between scholars, policy experts, and authors from both sides of the Atlantic. Prior to joining the German Marshall Fund in 2007, Dr. Szabo was Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and taught European Studies at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. He served as Professor of National Security Affairs at the National War College, National Defense University (1982-1990). He received his PhD in Political Science from Georgetown University and has been a fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the American Academy in Berlin, as well as serving as Research Director at AICGS. In addition to SAIS, he has taught at the Hertie School of Governance, Georgetown University, George Washington University and the University of Virginia. He has published widely on European and German politics and foreign policies, including The Successor Generation: International Perspectives of Postwar Europeans, The Diplomacy of German Unification, Parting Ways: The Crisis in the German-American Relationship, and Germany, Russia and the Rise of Geo-Economics.


American Foreign Policy
Conflict Management
Energy, Resources and Environment
European and Eurasian Studies
International Relations
Latin American Studies
Middle East Studies
Dana H. Allin
Matteo Alvisi
Edmund Amann
Veronica Anghel
Arthur Appleton
Athanasios Bozinis
Paolo Calzini
Emanuela Carbonara
Gabriel Cardona-Fox
Anna Ottani Cavina
Raffaella A. Del Sarto
Vincent Della Sala
Marco Dell'Aquila
Giulio Ecchia
David W. Ellwood
Justin O. Frosini
Johannes Gabriel
Joshua Gallo
Marco Gestri
Mark Gilbert
Christopher L. Gilbert
Manfred Hafner
Nina Hall
John L. Harper
Arntraud Hartmann
Christopher Hill
Herman Hoen
Søren Jessen-Petersen
Erik Jones
Kenneth H. Keller
Péter Krekó
Winrich Kühne
Francesco Lancia
Michael Leigh
Barbara Luppi
Adrian Lyttelton
Susanna Mancini
Massimiliano Marzo
Giulia Mascagni
Hanns Maull
Hartmut Mayer
Jacqueline Mazza
Alessandro Merli
Erika Meucci
Farhad Mirza
Francesco N. Moro
Alireza Naghavi
Olga Oliker
Gianfranco Pasquino
Sara Pennicino
Michael G. Plummer
Samir Puri
Thomas Row
Tian Shaoying
Tommaso Sonno
Francesco Strazzari
Filippo Taddei
Simone Tagliapietra
Sanam Vakil
Francesc Vendrell
Marcus Walsh-Führing
Richard Wilcox
Andrew C. Winner
Stefano Zamagni
Vera Negri Zamagni
Lea Zicchino



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