Sudha David-Wilp is a senior transatlantic fellow and deputy director of the Berlin office. She joined GMF’s Berlin office in September 2011, where she oversees GMF’s outreach to the Bundestag and engages with the media as an expert on relations between Germany and the United States.

She has written commentary for Foreign Policy, Axios, der Tagesspiegel, and CNN and has been featured in interviews on Bloomberg News, the BBC, NPR, ZDF, and ARD. Before moving to Berlin, she was the director of international programs at the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress in Washington, DC for nearly eight years. At the association, David-Wilp was responsible for congressional study groups and international programs for current members of Congress and senior congressional staff. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, with a major in international relations and a minor in writing seminars. She received her Master’s in international relations from Columbia University. 

Media Mentions

It’s undeniable that she’s given Germany a lot of soft power. Undoubtedly she’s elevated Germany’s image in the world. When she first came onto the scene in 2005, a lot of people underestimated her, but she grew in stature along with Germany’s role in the world.
Germans prefer continuity, but if nothing changes it is understood that the country will lose its competitive advantage and ultimately its reputation as an economic powerhouse. This new three-way coalition is novel and aims to usher in transformation within Germany on many fronts whether it be weaning itself off coal by 2030 or investing in digital infrastructure.
This centrism is another trait [Olaf] Scholz shares with Merkel. She always governed from the center and I think he will also try to do that if he does become chancellor, but it will also depend of course on what coalition parties demand.
Linder can’t afford to be intransigent after he refused to enter into a coalition in 2017 – this is his last chance. And as far as the Greens are concerned, they feel that the climate emergency leaves them no choice except to govern as part of a coalition.
"[Angela Merkel] has left a very fragmented political landscape in Germany, so it looks like it's going to take three parties to form a majority for the next government. So the small parties, the Greens and the FDP, are sort of banding together to call the shots for the next government.
The Greens can be happy that they've improved in terms of results since the last election cycle, but they definitely did not fulfill expectations. Baerbock didn't meet the moment. At one point, the party was leading the pack, there were far greater expectations for them.
This is a generational change after 16 years of one person in power, I think for that reason alone, Germans are very unsure about who would be the proper successor to Angela Merkel.
After four years of cringing and ducking during the Trump years, there's certainly shock about the messy withdrawal in Afghanistan.