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.
On 27 February, the FSA in Leipzig delivered a judgement that allows German cities to introduce bans on the movement of cars with diesel engines on their territories.
The company 50Hertz has announced that talks are ongoing to sell its shares in the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), owned by the Chinese government.
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 31 January, Nord Stream 2 AG obtained the consent of the Mining Authority in Stralsund for the construction of the Nord Stream pipeline 2 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%).
In its time in power, which is shortly to end, the CDU/CSU-SPD coalition introduced key legislative changes enabling a further transformation of the energy sector.
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.