The German Elections Matter — and Not Just for Germany

MIN READSep 13, 2017 | 11:29 GMT

For the past four years, Germany has been governed by a ruling coalition made up of the country's two largest parties: the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the progressive Social Democratic Party (SPD), led by former EU Parliament president Martin Schulz

The Christian Democratic Union and the Social Democratic Party have worked together for the past four years, but neither wants to be in the same ruling coalition again. 


Germany is heading into the final weeks of a fairly uneventful campaign season. There is little chance of a major nationalist or euroskeptic victory and opinion polls have remained steady. But that doesn't mean that there aren't going to be major domestic and international repercussions come Sept. 24. The big question -- not just for those in Germany, but also for other members of the European Union -- is what the final distribution of seats in the Bundestag will look like. The answer will determine not only the possible combination of parties that will form a government coalition, but also what direction Europe will take on much-needed reforms to the European Union....

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