THE GERMAN ELECTIONS 2017 TAKES PLACE THIS SUNDAY ON 24 SEPTEMBER (TOMORROW) CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL (CDU) AGAINST MARTIN SCHULZ (SPD)
Who will win the German election 2017? The German federal election is on September 24, 2017. Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany since 2005, is what would be a record-breaking fourth term, leading the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU).Martin Schulz of the Social Democratic Party SPD) announced his candidacy for chancellor earlier this year to much enthusiasm. He had left his job as president of the European Parliament to take her on. He won his party’s backing in March with 100 percent support.Having spent five years as president of the European Parliament and more than two decades working on broader European matters rather than specifically in German politic.Mrs Merkel is not taking anything for granted despite her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) enjoying a clear lead.Another grand coalition between Germany's two biggest parties is among the possible post-election scenarios following the Sept. 24 election.
The Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU), led by Angela Merkel, has maintained a double-digit lead over the Social Democratic Party (SPD).
Former European parliament president ,Germany's Social Democrats (SPD ) elects Martin Schulz as leader to challenge Merkel.
The 90-minute session - the only such debate of the campaign - featured an entirely civil exchange of ideas between Germany's leader for the past dozen years.
Sunday's debate came as Merkel entered the homestretch of a race that she and her center-right Christian Democratic Union have comfortably led for months. Poll show her party winning around 40 percent of the vote, which would put her in commanding position to form another government - her fourth.Those who describe this election as dull, this campaign as lacklustre, miss the fact that something really significant is happening here. The 2017 election marks an unprecedented shift in both the tone and substance of post-war German politics. What is the political norm in many other European countries was unthinkable here.In the Bundestag, 299 of the seats are reserved for constituency MPs elected on a first-past-the-post basis. The remainder of the MPs come from party lists, allocated to closely approximate the distribution of the party vote in each of Germany’s 16 federal states after taking into account the directly-elected MPs. At least another 299 MPs gain their seats this way, although the number can be higher. The outgoing parliament, for example, had 631 seats.
German Parliament Building, the Reichstag, in Berlin.Restored Reichstag with Norman Foster dome.
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