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Angela Merkel's third term as the German Chancellor ends this year, and she has earned international credit for being a reliable diplomatic partner amidst rising populism worldwide. However, she has faced strong internal criticism, especially from conservatives, for transforming her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and the German society. She "violated" many conservative principles such as abrogating the military draft, introducing minimum wage, stepping out of nuclear power, accepting a million refugees in 2015/16 and finally, allowing the introduction of same sex marriages in the last parliamentary week of 2017. Experts estimate that this will help the right-wing "Alternative für Deutschland", which in pre-election polls has consistently received around 10 percent of votes. For the first time in history since the 2nd World War, Germany is faced with the possibility of having a right-wing populist party in the parliament. How will this transform German politics? 

Expectations were high that Merkel's opponent Martin Schulz from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) would get many votes. His nomination at the party convention was historic: he was elected with an absolute majority by the party delegates. Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, wants to address differently the EU crises: On the one hand, he reaches out to the countries in Southern Europe which have suffered from Merkel's severe austerity policy; on the other hand, he threatens to cut benefits for those who refuse to accept incoming refugees. However, the SPD is only at 25 percent in the pre-election polls. Chances that he will be able to form a left wing German coalition are, at present, relatively low. In a broader context, with Donald Trump and the US withdrawing from many international responsibilities, i.e. the Paris climate treaty, development aid, and his ambiguous stance on NATO and free trade, with Brexit negotiations under way, Germany and the EU are seeking new strategic partners abroad. India is part of this strategy, as was evidently visible during Modi's last visit to Berlin, and also at the G20 summit in Hamburg. However, in their election programs, both CDU and SPD are only mentioning China, not India. What does the election mean for the Indo- German relationship? With this background, the upcoming German parliamentary elections will be decisive not only for Germany, but also for Europe. The workshop will outline the peculiarities of the German political and voting system, compare it to the Indian system (i.e. bicameral parliament), look at the way how German and international media cover the elections, the entire debate around media ethics and of course, “Fake News” and discuss the importance of the elections for Europe and Asia. In this context, we would like to take into account other important elections in Europe (France, Britain) as well as in the US and also discuss about how media coverage of elections works in India as opposed to Germany. 

The Workshop “Media coverage of German elections” will be hosted by the Indo – German Media Network in cooperation with the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication and the University of Pune. The Indo- German Media Network is an Alumni Network established by the Alumni of the “Media Ambassadors India – Germany” and is supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the University of Tübingen. 

Venue: Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Lavale Campus 

Date and time: 29th August, 2017 at 2 pm 

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