#Election year

The Social Democratic (SPD) candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz (C) is flanked by the Greens co-leader Annalena Baerbock and FDP leader Christian Lindner, following exploratory coalition talks in Berlin. Photo: Christof Stache / AFP
The Social Democratic (SPD) candidate fo... […]

Germany’s likely next coalition sketches out its plans

The three parties likely to form Germany's next government have outlined plans for Europe's biggest economy in an initial coalition agreement, touching on issues such as the minimum wage, taxes and climate protection
Ein Wähler wirft in einem Wahllokal, das im Klassenraum einer Grundschule im Stadtteil Prenzlauer Berg untergebracht ist, seinen Stimmzettel für die Bundestagswahl in eine Wahlurne. Foto: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa
Ein Wähler wirft in einem Wahllokal, da... […]

Federal Election 2021

A 2021 federal election overview: Vote share, losses, gains - what is the seat distribution in the new Bundestag? In addition, graphics showing direct mandates and the proportion of second votes the parties received. Last but not least: possible coalitions - who can form a government with whom?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves as she arrives to attend a virtual discussion with students about the future of Europe at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 28. Photo: Markus Schreiber / AFP-Pool
German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves as... […]

Key things to know about the German election

In the run-up to a vote that will mark a seismic shift for Europe's biggest economy, the race to replace German Chancellor Angela Merkel is wide open -- as is the question of what the next government will look like
German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel waves after delivering her speech at a CDU party congress in Hamburg, northern Germany on December 7, 2018. Photo: Odd Andersen / AFP
German Chancellor and leader of the Chri... […]

Germany faces up to unpredictable post-Merkel era

A sea change in German politics began this week with two leading parties announcing their candidates to succeed Angela Merkel at September's elections, when the veteran chancellor will bow out