Bundestag elections 2017
2017 has been a mega election year for Europe. After the Netherlands and France, Germany went to the polls with federal elections on September 24 (Italy will not vote until spring 2018.) Chancellor Merkel (CDU) campaigned for her fourth term, her main contender being the former president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz (SPD). While the CDU/CSU emerged from the elections as the strongest party, the process of forming a government is dragging on in the light of the failure of exploratory talks for a coalition between the CDU/CSU, the Greens and the Liberals. Even in the case of a remake of the grand coalition between the CDU/CSU and the SPD, negotiations to find a common ground on European policy, budgetary matters as well as labour and social policy will be not easy.