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Saarland win for Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won a decisive victory yesterday in the Saarland state election. Up for grabs were the 51 seats of the Landtag of the […]

Parliamentary 2017

An election to the Bundestag has been announced for 24 September 2017. Results will be published here.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected Federal President

Germany’s Federal Assembly has elected former Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier to replace Joachim Gauck as the new president of Germany in an indirect election. Steinmeier will take […]

Presidential 2017

An indirect election took place on 12 February 2017. Frank-Walter Steinmeier had the support of 931 (73.89%) of the potential 1260 votes in the Electoral College and was supported by […]

SPD readies for general election

Junior coalition partner in the federal government, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) has made a number of changes to its team in readiness for the 24th September general election. […]

AfD give Merkel a headache

Chancellor Angela Merkel has had a pretty torrid September with three sets of elections showing that support for her and her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is declining. Even worse […]

Cabinet of Germany

Angela Merkel Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Frank-Walter Steinmeier Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Thomas de Maizière Federal Minister of the Interior Heiko Maas Federal […]

AfD beat up main parties in State elections

Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have taken a hammering in three state elections at the hands of a far-right, anti-immigrant and Eurosceptic party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD). […]

IMF 2015 Article IV Consultation with Germany

IMF Executive Board Concludes Article IV Consultation with Germany Press Release No.15/337 July 15, 2015 On July, 10, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the […]

SPD and Greens just hold on in Bremen

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) won the election for the Bürgerschaft (Parliament) of Bremen on Sunday taking around 30 seats, a drop of six seats. Their coalition partners, the Alliance […]

Bremen votes today

Bremen is holding an election today to elect the Bürgerschaft (city and state legislature). In 2011 the Social Democratic Party (SPD) won 36 (38.6%) of the 83 seats and the […]

SPD lose absolute majority in Hamburg

The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) has won the Hamburg Parliament election, but dropped four seats to 58 seats in the 121 seat parliament. The result means that they lose […]

Hamburg goes to the polls today

The City State of Hamburg goes to the polls today and Chancellor Angela Merkel continues her dashing around Europe and Russia to try and prevent all-out war in the eastern […]

Eurosceptics are biggest winners in Landtag elections yesterday

The big winner in the two state elections taking place yesterday in Thuringia and Brandenburg was the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD). The party which was formed early last year […]

Two States vote today

Two German states will vote today, both part of the old East Germany, with Brandenburg in the north-east and Thuringia in the centre of modern day Germany. In the 2009 […]

CDU returned in Saxony state election

The Saxony state election in Germany yesterday saw the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Premier Stanislaw Tillich returned to power with 59 of the 132 seats in the Landtag of Saxony. […]

Free State of Saxony votes for new Landtag

The Free State of Saxony in eastern Germany is holding elections for its 124 seat Landtag or parliament today. Around 3.4 million people are eligible to vote with Chancellor Angela […]

Merkel coalition gets top approval rating

Germany’s English language newspaper, The Local, carries a story today that an opinion poll by Infratest for Die Welt and ARD shows the coalition government at its highest ever level […]

Minimum wage introduced

The German Parliament voted yesterday to introduce a minimum wage from 2015. The minimum wage will be €8.50 from 1st January 2015 and is expected to benefit up to 3.7 […]

Renewable Energies Law approved by Cabinet

The German Cabinet has approved a new Renewable Energies Law which will move the emphasis away from solar power to other renewables. The aim appears to have been to achieve […]