Bundestag elections 2017
2017 is 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 – efforts focus on a coalition comprising the CDU/CSU, the FDP and the Greens – is dragging on in the light of, in some cases, controversial positions. Common ground has to be found on European policy, labour and social policy, as well as environmental and climate policy.