On 14 March, Angela Merkel (CDU) was re-elected Germany’s chancellor at the Bundestag. 364 votes were cast for her with 315 against.
SPD members have voted for the reestablishment of a grand coalition with the CDU in a postal vote which was held from 20th February to 2nd March.
The signing of the coalition agreement between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats was intended to bring an end to the political crisis in Germany.
On 7th – 9th December the SPD held its convention in Berlin. Delegates reelected Martin Schulz as the party’s leader (with support at 82%).
On 30th November the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, met with the leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD and urged them to form a grand coalition government.
Both in Germany and abroad, the commentary on the recent elections in Germany has been dominated by the analysis of the results scored by AfD.
Less than two months after the general elections, Germany is in a state of political crisis.
The parliamentary elections in Germany have been won by the CDU/CSU, with 32.9% of the vote, their worst result since 1949; second place went to the SPD with 20.5%.
On 3rd and 4th September, electoral debates were held in Germany. These were the culmination of a rather sluggish campaign and might have an important impact on the results of the election.
FDP’s defeat in the 2013 elections was viewed as the end of the German liberal party. However, the FDP’s new leader has managed to radically change the party’s image.