The recent midterm elections in the United States have confirmed what was expected: the Democrats lost, while the Republicans expanded their majority in the House and seized control of the Senate. Analysts attribute these results partially to the growing disapproval in the general American public of President Obama.
After the elections it is likely to become increasingly difficult for him to accomplish his agenda. Despite their majority in both the House and the Senate, the Republicans have to prove ready for compromise in order to prevent the President vetoing the bills passed. During a Transatlantic Luncheon Discussion, organized by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in cooperation with the Transatlantic Institute of the American Jewish Committee, experts from the U.S. discussed the outcome of the recent elections as well as the short and long-term consequences that will most likely ensue. The discussion focussed on several core issues: possible steps that would have to be taken by both parties to allow for a successful legislative period, the question of success for President Obama’s remaining 2 years in office, and the general need for reform within both parties.