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.
Less than two months after the general elections, Germany is in a state of political crisis.
On 18 October Germany’s acting government adopted guidelines for the country’s participation in permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) in the EU.
On 26 September, two days after parliamentary elections in Germany, the French President presented in Paris his vision on how to reform the EU.
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 28th August a meeting was held in France on limiting the migration from Africa to the European Union.
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.