German election 2017

Future EU 06-10-2017

Give the regions more EU power to save the euro and defeat populism

Elections across Europe show Europe's political parties to be increasingly defined by how nationalistic they are. Confronting this and reinstating progressive politics is essential, and can best be done by giving more power to Europe's regions, urges Giles Merritt.

Future EU 05-10-2017

European Parliament VP: ‘We must use the window of opportunity’ to deepen EU integration

Current conditions are ideal to push the EU towards becoming a European federal state, according to one of the vice-presidents of the European Parliament, Rainer Wieland. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Future EU 29-09-2017

Tweets of the Week: Macron, May, Germany, and Twitter

This week it’s Macron’s address, Theresa May in distress, German voters digress and Twitter’s a mess.

Future EU 28-09-2017

Merkel ally tells Macron: ‘Europe’s problem is not lack of money’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (27 September) welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron's speech on EU reform, which contained "a lot of material" for necessary debate on the issue, her spokesman said. But not everyone was convinced by his grand plan for Europe.

Future EU 27-09-2017

Macron sinks teeth into EU taboos in forward-looking speech

Treaty change, agricultural policy and debt: French President Emmanuel Macron attacked a number of previously untouchable EU taboos during a speech focused on reform, sharing ambitious proposals for Europe's future with university students. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 27-09-2017

Climate and energy policy could decide next German government

Climate and energy policy could emerge as a make-or-break topic in Germany’s coalition negotiations, after Sunday’s election result put Angela Merkel’s Conservatives on a path to forming a government with the Liberal and Green parties.

Elections 26-09-2017

Cracks emerge in AfD as co-leader quits party after election success

Divisions emerged in the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Monday, a day after it took third place in a national election, as its co-leader said she would not sit in parliament with AfD members.

Elections 26-09-2017

Oettinger suggests stripping Schäuble of finance role

EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger said on Monday (25 September) that Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble would make an "ideal" president of parliament, raising the possibility of a role change for a man long associated with unflinching austerity in the eurozone.

Elections 25-09-2017

What does the German vote mean for Europe?

German voters chose to hand Angela Merkel a fourth term in the parliamentary elections held on Sunday (24 September). What consequences will this vote have for Europe? EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France interviews Charles de Marcilly.

Elections 25-09-2017

Protest vote drives Germans into arms of AfD

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party entering the German parliament for the first time eclipsed the historically bad results of the country’s Grand Coalition members. But what is behind the AfD’s rise to becoming Germany’s third-strongest party? EURACTIV Germany reports. After last year’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory, the political landscape was supposed …

Future EU 25-09-2017

German voters deal a blow to Macron’s EU reform drive

Angela Merkel may be too busy holding together an unwieldy coalition to act as an effective partner for the French president’s bold plans, which he will outline on Tuesday (26 September).

Elections 24-09-2017

Merkel’s CDU wins with dramatic downturn, far-right AfD enters Bundestag

Chancellor Angela Merkel secured her fourth term in office in Sunday’s (24 September) parliamentary election but her Christian Democratic Union picked up far fewer votes than expected, complicating the future coalition talks. And the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) made a historic breakthrough by winning Bundestag seats.

Elections 23-09-2017

German elections: The race for third place

Voters head to the polls on Sunday (24 September) for a race where the winner is almost pre-ordained. This may drive a protest vote that could see the far-right AfD become the official opposition.

Elections 22-09-2017

How does Germany ‘feel’ before election day?

Election forecasts are a difficult beast. Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory prove that. Relying just on analysis from the "political middle" could lead to some rather misleading predictions. EURACTIV Germany reports ahead of Sunday's (24 September) crucial election.

Elections 22-09-2017

Macron’s strategy to enlist Germany’s help on EU reform

France wants to test the new German government by announcing plans for EU reform 48 hours after the German elections. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 21-09-2017

Elections: What should German EU policy look like?

The outcome of the German elections will also shape the future of the EU. What do German associations, unions and civil society organisations demand from the future government with regards to EU financial, social and trade policies? EURACTIV Germany reports.

Elections 21-09-2017

‘It’s not over yet,’ Merkel warns supporters before vote

Returning to her birthplace, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged supporters to mobilise undecided voters before Sunday's election, telling them not to take her conservatives' solid lead in opinion polls for granted.

Elections 20-09-2017

Merkel’s EU-policies: Paris can wait

Merkel keeps a low profile in the election campaign regarding European issues, trying not to alienate voters as well as potential coalition partners.

Economy & Jobs 19-09-2017

Post-election Germany: An iron chancellor with a liberal sidekick?

If the liberal FDP enters a coalition with the conservative CDU in Berlin, Merkel and Schäuble will have to adapt their plans for the future of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Europe's East 18-09-2017

Germany’s Free Democrats may stall EU reform hopes

A week before German elections, the storied Free Democratic Party looks set to recover from a historic 2013 defeat and return to parliament - where it could make Berlin a much more awkward partner for its European neighbours.

Elections 11-09-2017

Schulz: ‘I’m glad’ Macron proposed eurozone reforms

Two weeks from the legislative elections, Social Democrat (SPD) candidate Martin Schulz wants to close the gap on Chancellor Angela Merkel, focusing on Europe and the digital sector, which have been largely absent from the campaign so far. He spoke with EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France.

Elections 11-09-2017

Schulz spells out conditions for coalition government

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Social Democrat (SPD) challenger said on Sunday (10 September) his party would not form any alliances after the 24 September election unless fair wages, free education, secure pensions and a commitment to a democratic Europe were guaranteed.

Economy & Jobs 08-09-2017

Amid EU treaty change fever, national ministers urge caution

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised an aggressive push to reform the European Union after the German election. But there is still great unease about opening this Pandora’s box.

Brexit 08-09-2017

Tweets of the Week: German elections, Hungary’s fence, and the royal baby

Welcome to EU Tweets of the Week. Germany has a debate, the ECJ seals Hungary’s fate and it’s baby three for William and Kate.