Bundestag elections 2017
2017 is a mega election year for Europe. After the Netherlands and France – Italy is now likely to vote in spring 2018 - Germany, too, will go to the polls with the federal elections taking place on September 24. Until then, some second-order polls in German Länder have been held in addition. Chancellor Merkel (CDU) is campaigning for her fourth term with the former president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, as her contender (SPD). Key issues will be Europe’s response to Trump, Brexit and its own centrifugal forces. Domestically social justice and security are likely to dominate the debate.