This Sunday, Germany’s citizens will head to the polls and decide whether Angela Merkel will remain chancellor for another parliamentary term – a vote with great importance for Europe. The federal election marks the highlight of Germany’s “Super Election Year” 2017 which included four state elections.
After Angela Merkel's main contender Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrats (SPD), had shaken up the German election race earlier this year, the campaign has since been rather unagitated and lacking in big issues and controversies.
With 36 % in the current predictions and more than 14 % head start from the SPD, Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) is likely to remain the strongest political force in Germany. Meanwhile, the race for third strongest party is tight. All four contenders run somewhere between 8 and 11 %: The Left, the Green Party, the liberal FDP and the right-wing populist AfD, which is very likely to enter the German Bundestag for the first time.
Regardless of the outcome of the election, the German Bundestag will face an extensive change of guards as about a third of the current members are not running for reelection. If you are interested in an in-depth election analysis, please feel free to contact us – our German PA team is here to help you.
For those of you looking for an immediate analysis and discussion, you are most welcome to join our after-election information events with political guests in Copenhagen on September 25 and Stockholm on September 26. Please contact Peter James Stark (email@example.com) in Copenhagen and Sandra Kastås (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Stockholm for further information and registration.