About: German elections 2021

Elections 18-10-2021

Germany’s likely new coalition wants more EU sovereignty, fossil car ban

Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens, and the business-friendly FDP have reached a preliminary agreement including plans to end the internal combustion engine and take an assertive stance on the rule of law in the EU.
Elections 06-10-2021

German small parties pick Social Democrats over conservatives for coalition talks

Germany’s Greens and the liberal FDP, two kingmakers after the inconclusive federal election, have announced they want to launch talks about a potential coalition with the Social Democrat SPD, rather than with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU. The first discussions are planned for Thursday (7 October).
Elections 30-09-2021

After ‘Mercron’: What German elections could mean for the Franco-German tandem

With the Merkel era coming to an end, both the Franco-German relationship and the tandem’s role in the EU are at a watershed. For the moment, however, France seems to be holding its breath.

EU’s environment policy cards reshuffled after German elections

As Europe wakes up from Germany's election night, one thing appears clear: both the Greens and the liberal FDP are in a strong position to enter the next government. How will this affect Germany's position on EU environmental matters?
Elections 27-09-2021

Greens and Liberals hold key to form next German government

Following Sunday's federal election, the most likely outcome for the new German Bundestag is one of two coalitions: a Social Democrat-led 'traffic light'-coalition or a Conservative-led 'Jamaica'-coalition. Both camps will now try to win over kingmakers, the Greens and Liberals, to secure a stable majority.
Elections 26-09-2021

Parties start election poker in Germany as SPD clinches narrow win

Germany's Social Democrats clinched a narrow victory over Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives in Sunday's federal election, but leaders of both parties quickly claimed their right to try to build a coalition government.
Elections 23-09-2021

German election 2021: Who comes after Merkel?

Germans vote for a new parliament on Sunday (26 September) in an election already dubbed 'historic' because it will determine the successor of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will retire after 16 years at the helm of the EU's strongest economy.
Elections 23-09-2021

German Chancellor Merkel to stick around for a while after polls

As Angela Merkel said goodbye to her Stralsund constituency of 30 years on 21 September and visited Paris one last time as chancellor on 16 September, one might get the wrong impression that she is not long for the international stage.
Elections 22-09-2021

Post-election Germany: back to austerity or fit for a fiscal union?

Germany is heading to the polls on Sunday (26 September) amid intense debate on the future of Europe's fiscal policy.
Elections 22-09-2021

Germany’s youth disgruntled with election system dominated by seniors

Germany heads to the polls on Sunday (26 September) with a majority of voters aged above 50, while many teenagers under the legal voting age of 18 feel disgruntled for not being allowed to vote in an election they consider pivotal.
Politics 21-09-2021

German parties and migration: Different priorities and concerns

While all the parties running in next Sunday's German election agree that the current European migration regime has to be reformed, their vision of what these changes should look like vary considerably.
Elections 21-09-2021

Scholz labelled ‘finance minister of scandals’ by MPs ahead of German elections

Finance minister and chancellor hopeful Olaf Scholz was questioned by Bundestag MPs on Monday (20. September) about investigations against his ministry’s anti-money laundering unit. His party, the SPD, deemed the hearing pure campaign tactics.
Elections 20-09-2021

Legal battle over German election polling enters round two

With just days until polling day for the German federal elections, one of the biggest opinion polling firms, forsa, is locked in a legal battle with the German federal election authority. 
Elections 20-09-2021

Scholz and Baerbock close ranks in final German election debate

During Germany’s third and final televised election debate, Social Democrat candidate Olaf Scholz and the Greens’ Annalena Baerbock stood together against conservative candidate Armin Laschet on most issues. EU policy, meanwhile, was again sidelined from the debate.
Elections 17-09-2021

Armin Laschet: Merkel’s heir apparent?

Angela Merkel has governed Germany for 16 years and proven a reliable ally both in Europe and for the world. Will her party colleague hoping to succeed her follow in her footsteps or diverge from her path in order to forge his own legacy?
Politics 16-09-2021

End of ‘Merkron’: EU’s power couple prepares to bow out

French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Angela Merkel in Paris on Thursday (16 September) for the last time before the German chancellor stands down, spelling the end of a partnership at the heart of the European Union for the last four years.
Economy & Jobs 15-09-2021

Germany’s stance on workers’ representation set for major change

As the German elections near, the EU is simultaneously gearing up for the fight over the revision of the dated Works Council Directive. Germany has always been a pioneer of worker’s co-determination, where will its next government stand?
Agrifood 14-09-2021

Upcoming election could shake up Germany’s stance on gene editing, CAP funding

As the campaign for Germany's 26 September federal elections approaches crunch time, EURACTIV Germany took a look at what the elections could mean for key agricultural policy issues - from scrapping farmers’ direct payments to the use of new genomic techniques.

‘Too many priorities kill the priorities?’ France’s many ambitions for its 2022 EU presidency

With France set to take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU (FPEU) in January 2022, the list of issues the government wants to tackle for the occasion seems never-ending.
Elections 13-09-2021

EPP bureau meets in Berlin as German election upheaval looms

Held in Berlin, the European People's Party (EPP) bureau meeting was unusually tense this year as the European Parliament’s largest political party risks losing control of the EU’s largest state, Germany.
Elections 13-09-2021

Scholz seen as winner from Germany’s second TV election debate

Conservative candidate Armin Laschet, from the ruling CDU/CSU coalition, sought to make up for lost ground in opinion polls by attacking his socialist rival Olaf Scholz during Germany’s second televised election debate.
Digital & Media 10-09-2021

German parties offer conflicting views on the EU digital future

Digitalisation is one of the hot topics of Germany’s upcoming federal election and the parties are offering different visions of what Germany’s role in EU digital policymaking should be and the ways to foster digital sovereignty and strategic autonomy.
Energy 10-09-2021

As German election nears, EU plays for time on nuclear’s green recognition

The inclusion of nuclear power in the EU’s green finance taxonomy is “the most likely” outcome in view of the scientific reports submitted to the European Commission in the past months, EU experts believe. But Brussels is not entirely decided yet and is seen playing for time before the German election this month.
Global Europe 10-09-2021

Germany probes claims of pre-election MP hacking by Russia

German federal prosecutors said Thursday (9 September) they are probing alleged hacking attacks against lawmakers ahead of this month's German election that Berlin has blamed on Russia.