Past Event

The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel

March 24, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Virtual Event | 1:00 p.m. (New York) | 6:00 p.m. (Paris)

Angela Merkel served as chancellor of Germany for 16 years. In the course of her tenure, Merkel became a symbol of unity for Europe and weathered complicated relationships with many world leaders. At this critical juncture, what lessons can be drawn from Merkel’s leadership? Can her legacy provide inspiration to those who are concerned about the future of democracy and security in Europe?
To explore these questions, renowned writer Kati Marton, whose recent biography of Angela Merkel, The Chancellor – The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel (Simon and Schuster, 2021), was published last fall to critical acclaim, will be joined by Michael Broening, Executive Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office, and Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College.

This event is jointly presented by Alliance ProgramColumbia Global Centers | Paris, the Sciences Po American Foundation, and the European Institute.


Kati Marton, born in Hungary, has combined a career as a reporter and writer with human rights advocacy. From 2003 to 2008 Marton chaired the International Women’s Health Coalition, a global leader in promoting and protecting the health and human rights of women and girls. From 2001 to July 2002 Kati Marton was Chief Advocate for the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations. Marton is currently a director and formerly chair of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Michael Bröning is the Executive Director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) New York Office. He was previously Head of the International Policy Analysis Department at FES in Berlin and has directed the foundation in Jordan and Jerusalem. Bröning holds a Doctorate in Economics and Social Sciences and a Masters in History. He has taught Political Science at the Freie Universität in Berlin and was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard University. He is the founding editor of Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, a tri-lingual political magazine.

Sheri Berman is a professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University.  Her research interests include European history and politics; the development of democracy; populism and fascism; and the history of the left.  She has written about these topics for a wide variety of scholarly and non-scholarly publications, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and VOX.  She currently serves on the boards of the Journal of Democracy, Dissent and Political Science Quarterly.  Her most recent book, Democracy and Dictatorship: From the Ancien Regime to the Present Day, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.