2017 German federal election

Federal elections were held in Germany on 24 September 2017 to elect the members of the 19th Bundestag. At stake were all 598 seats in the Bundestag, as well as 111 overhang and levelling seats determined thereafter.

The Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU), led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, won the highest percentage of the vote with 33%, though suffered a large swing against it of more than 8%. The Social Democratic Party (SPD) achieved its worst result since the Second World War with only 20% of the vote. Alternative for Germany (AfD)—which was previously unrepresented in the Bundestag—became the third party in the Bundestag with 12.6% of the vote, whilst the Free Democrats (FDP) won 10.7% of the vote and returned to the Bundestag after losing all their seats in the 2013 election. The other parties to achieve representation in the Bundestag were the Left and the Greens, who each won close to 9% of the vote. In the 709 member Bundestag, the CDU/CSU won 246 seats (200 CDU and 46 CSU), SPD 153, AfD 94, FDP 80, the Left (Linke) 69, and the Greens 67. A majority is 355.

For the second consecutive occasion, the CDU/CSU reached a coalition agreement with the SPD to form a grand coalition, the fourth in post-war German history. The new government took office on 14 March 2018. The agreement came after a failed attempt by the CDU/CSU to enter into a "Jamaica coalition" with the Greens and the Free Democrats, which the latter pulled out of citing irreconcilable differences between the parties on migration and energy policy.

German federal election, 2017

24 September 2017

All 598 seats in the Bundestag, as well as 46 overhang and 65 leveling seats
355 seats needed for a majority
Registered61,688,485
Turnout46,976,341 (76.2%)
Increase4.7%
  Angela Merkel June 2017 2017-07-21 Martin Schulz 0789 Gauland2014 (cropped)
2017-11-29-Alice Weidel-Maischberger-5664 (cropped)
Leader Angela Merkel Martin Schulz Alexander Gauland
& Alice Weidel
Party CDU/CSU SPD AfD
Leader since 24 September 2002 19 March 2017 23 April 2017
Leader's seat Vorpommern-Rügen-Greifswald I North Rhine-Westphalia Brandenburg & Baden-Württemberg
Last election 311 seats, 41.5% 193 seats, 25.7% 0 seats, 4.7%
Seats won 246 153 94
Seat change Decrease65 Decrease40 Increase94
Popular vote 15,317,344 9,539,381 5,878,115
Percentage 32.9% 20.5% 12.6%
Swing Decrease8.6% Decrease5.2% Increase7.9%

  ChristianLindner-FDP-1 (cropped 1) DIE LINKE Bundesparteitag Mai 2014 Bartsch, Dietmar
2014-09-11 - Sahra Wagenknecht MdB - 8301 (cropped)
Katrin Goring-Eckardt MdB (cropped)
16-09-02-Cem Özdemir-RalfR-RR2 4940
Leader Christian Lindner Dietmar Bartsch
& Sahra Wagenknecht
Katrin Göring‑Eckardt
& Cem Özdemir
Party FDP Left Green
Leader since 7 December 2013 13 October 2015 10 November 2012
18 January 2017
Leader's seat North Rhine-Westphalia Mecklenburg-Vorpommern & North Rhine-Westphalia Thuringia & Baden-Württemberg
Last election 0 seats, 4.8% 64 seats, 8.6% 63 seats, 8.4%
Seats won 80 69 67
Seat change Increase80 Increase5 Increase4
Popular vote 4,999,449 4,297,270 4,158,400
Percentage 10.7% 9.2% 8.9%
Swing Increase5.9% Increase0.6% Increase0.5%

German Federal Election 2017 - Results by Constituency & Regional Seats
The left side shows constituency winners of the election by their party colours. The right side shows Party list winners of the election for the additional members by their party colours.

Chancellor before election

Angela Merkel
CDU/CSU

Elected Chancellor

Angela Merkel
CDU/CSU

Background

At the previous federal election in 2013, the incumbent government—composed of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the Free Democratic Party (FDP)—had failed to maintain a majority of seats. The FDP[1] failed to get over 5% of the vote in 2013, denying the party seats in the Bundestag for the first time in its history. In contrast, the CDU/CSU obtained their best result since 1990, with nearly 42% of the vote and just short of 50% of the seats. The CDU/CSU then successfully negotiated with the Social Democrats (SPD) to form a grand coalition for the third time.[2]

In March 2017, the SPD chose Martin Schulz, the former President of the European Parliament, as their leader and chancellor candidate. Support for the SPD initially increased; however, the CDU afterward regained its lead, with polls generally showing a 13–16% lead over the SPD.

Date

German law requires that a new Bundestag shall be elected on a Sunday or on a nationwide holiday between 46–48 months after the last Bundestag's first sitting (Basic Law Article 39 Section 1).[3] In January 2017, then-President Joachim Gauck scheduled the election for 24 September 2017.[4]

After the election, the 19th Bundestag had to hold its first sitting within 30 days. Until that first sitting, the members of the 18th Bundestag remained in office (Basic Law Article 39 Section 1 and 2).[3]

Electoral system

Germany uses the mixed-member proportional representation system, a system of proportional representation combined with elements of first-past-the-post voting. The Bundestag has 598 nominal members, elected for a four-year term; these seats are distributed between the sixteen German states in proportion to the states' population eligible to vote.

Every elector has two votes: a constituency and a list vote. 299 members are elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post, based just on the first votes. The second votes are used to produce an overall proportional result in the states and then in the Bundestag. Seats are allocated using the Sainte-Laguë method. If a party wins fewer constituency seats in a state than its second votes would entitle it to, it receives additional seats from the relevant state list. Parties can file lists in each single state under certain conditions; for example, a fixed number of supporting signatures. Parties can receive second votes only in those states in which they have successfully filed a state list.

If a party by winning single-member constituencies in one state receives more seats than it would be entitled to according to its second vote share in that state (so-called overhang seats), the other parties receive compensation seats. Owing to this provision, the Bundestag usually has more than 598 members. The 18th and current Bundestag, for example, started with 631 seats: 598 regular and 33 overhang and compensation seats. Overhang seats are calculated at the state level, so many more seats are added to balance this out among the different states, adding more seats than would be needed to compensate for overhang at the national level in order to avoid negative vote weight.

In order to qualify for seats based on the party-list vote share, a party must either win three single-member constituencies or exceed a threshold of 5% of the second votes nationwide. If a party only wins one or two single-member constituencies and fails to get at least 5% of the second votes, it keeps the single-member seat(s), but other parties that accomplish at least one of the two threshold conditions receive compensation seats. (In the most recent example of this, during the 2002 election, the PDS won only 4.0% of the party-list votes nationwide, but won two constituencies in the state of Berlin.) The same applies if an independent candidate wins a single-member constituency (which has not happened since 1949). In the 2013 election, the FDP only won 4.8% of party-list votes; this cost it all of its seats in the Bundestag.

If a voter has cast a first vote for a successful independent candidate or a successful candidate whose party failed to qualify for proportional representation, their second vote does not count to determine proportional representation. However, it does count to determine whether the elected party has exceeded the 5% threshold.

Parties representing recognized national minorities (currently Danes, Frisians, Sorbs and Romani people) are exempt from the 5% threshold, but normally only run in state elections.[5]

Parties and leaders

Altogether 38 parties have managed to get on the ballot in at least one state and can therefore (theoretically) earn proportional representation in the Bundestag.[6] Furthermore, there are several independent candidates, running for a single-member constituency. The major parties that are likely to either exceed the threshold of 5% second votes or to win single-member constituencies (first votes) were:

Name Ideology Leading
candidate(s)
2013 result
Votes (%)[a] Seats
CDU/CSU CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Christian democracy Angela Merkel 34.1%
311 / 631
CSU Christian Social Union in Bavaria
Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern
Horst Seehofer 7.4%
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Social democracy Martin Schulz 25.7%
193 / 631
Linke The Left
Die Linke
Democratic socialism Dietmar Bartsch
Sahra Wagenknecht
8.6%
64 / 631
Grüne Alliance 90/The Greens
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Green politics Cem Özdemir
Katrin Göring-Eckardt
8.4%
63 / 631
FDP Free Democratic Party
Freie Demokratische Partei
Liberalism Christian Lindner 4.8%
0 / 631
AfD Alternative for Germany
Alternative für Deutschland
National conservatism Alexander Gauland
Alice Weidel
4.7%
0 / 631

Traditionally, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), which refer to each other as 'sister parties', do not compete against each other. The CSU only contests elections in Bavaria, while the CDU contests elections in the other fifteen states. Although these parties have some differences, such as the CSU's opposition to the previous government's immigration policies,[7] the CDU and CSU share the same basic political aims and are allowed by the Regulations of the Bundestag to join into one parliamentary Fraktion (a parliamentary group composed of at least 5% of the members of the Bundestag, entitled to specific rights in parliament) after the elections,[8] as they do in the form of the CDU/CSU group.

As the CDU/CSU and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) were likely to win the most seats in the election, their leading candidates are referred to as 'Chancellor candidates'. This does not, however, mean that the new Bundestag is legally bound to elect one of them as Chancellor.

Opinion polling

German Opinion Polls 2017 Election
The polls are from September 2013 (the last federal election) up to the current date. Each coloured line specifies a political party.

Results

Bundestagswahl 2017 Erststimmenergebnisse
Constituencies won

The CDU/CSU and the SPD remained the two largest parties in the Bundestag, but both received a significantly lower proportion of the vote than they did in the 2013 election.

German Federal Election - Party list vote results by state - 2017
Party list election results by state: blue denotes states where CDU/CSU had the plurality of votes; cyan denotes states where AfD had the plurality of votes, and pink denotes states where the SPD had the plurality of votes
German federal election 2017 - Additional Member Seats by State
Additional member seats by state.

The AfD received enough votes to enter the Bundestag for the first time, taking 12.6 percent of the vote—more than double the five percent threshold required to qualify for full parliamentary status. It also won three constituency seats, which would have qualified it for proportionally-elected seats in any event.

The FDP returned to the Bundestag with 10.7 percent of the vote. Despite improving their results slightly and thus gaining a few more seats, the Left and the Greens remained the two smallest parties in parliament.

German federal election 2017 Gallagher Index
The disproportionality of the German federal election 2017 was 3.90 according to the Gallagher Index
Bundestag 2017
Party Constituency Party list Total
seats
+/–
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Christian Democratic Union (CDU)[b] 14,030,751 30.2 185 12,447,656 26.8 15 200 −55
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 11,429,231 24.6 59 9,539,381 20.5 94 153 −40
Alternative for Germany (AfD)[c] 5,317,499 11.5 3 5,878,115 12.6 91 94 +94
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 3,249,238 7.0 0 4,999,449 10.7 80 80 +80
The Left (DIE LINKE) 3,966,637 8.6 5 4,297,270 9.2 64 69 +5
Alliance 90/The Greens (GRÜNE) 3,717,922 8.0 1 4,158,400 8.9 66 67 +4
Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU)[b] 3,255,487 7.0 46 2,869,688 6.2 0 46 −10
Free Voters 589,056 1.3 0 463,292 1.0 0 0 0
Die PARTEI 245,659 0.5 0 454,349 1.0 0 0 0
Human Environment Animal Protection 22,917 0.0 0 374,179 0.8 0 0 0
National Democratic Party 45,169 0.1 0 176,020 0.4 0 0 0
Pirate Party Germany 93,196 0.2 0 173,476 0.4 0 0 0
Ecological Democratic Party 166,228 0.4 0 144,809 0.3 0 0 0
Basic Income Alliance 97,539 0.2 0 0 New
V-Partei³ 1,201 0.0 0 64,073 0.1 0 0 New
German Centre 63,203 0.1 0 0 New
Democracy in Motion 60,914 0.1 0 0 New
Bavaria Party 62,622 0.1 0 58,037 0.1 0 0 0
AD-DEMOCRATS 41,251 0.1 0 0 New
Animal Protection Alliance 6,114 0.0 0 32,221 0.1 0 0 New
Marxist–Leninist Party 35,760 0.1 0 29,785 0.1 0 0 0
Party for Health Research 1,537 0.0 0 23,404 0.1 0 0 New
German Communist Party 7,517 0.0 0 11,558 0.0 0 0 New
Human World 2,205 0.0 0 11,661 0.0 0 0 New
The Greys 4,300 0.0 0 10,009 0.0 0 0 New
Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität 15,960 0.0 0 6,693 0.0 0 0 0
The Humanists 5,991 0.0 0 0 New
Magdeburger Garden Party 2,570 0.0 0 5,617 0.0 0 0 New
Alliance for Germany 6,316 0.0 0 9,631 0.0 0 0 0
you. 772 0.0 0 3,032 0.0 0 0 New
The Right 1,142 0.0 0 2,054 0.0 0 0 New
Socialist Equality Party 903 0.0 0 1,291 0.0 0 0 0
Bergpartei, die "ÜberPartei" 672 0.0 0 911 0.0 0 0 New
Party of Reason 242 0.0 0 533 0.0 0 0 0
The Violets – for Spiritual Politics 2,176 0.0 0 0 0
Alliance C 1,717 0.0 0 0 New
New Liberals 884 0.0 0 0 New
The Union 371 0.0 0 0 New
Family Party 506 0.0 0 0 0
The Women 439 0.0 0 0 New
Renter's Party 1,352 0.0 0 0 New
Others 100,889 0.2 0 0
Independents 2,458 0.0 0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 586,726 460,849
Total 46,976,341 100 299 46,976,341 100 410 709 +78
Registered voters/turnout 61,688,485 76.2 61,688,485 76.2
Source: Bundeswahlleiter
Popular Vote
CDU/CSU
32.93%
SPD
20.51%
AfD
12.64%
FDP
10.75%
DIE LINKE
9.24%
B'90/GRÜNE
8.94%
Others
4.99%
Bundestag Seats
CDU/CSU
34.70%
SPD
21.58%
AfD
13.26%
FDP
11.28%
DIE LINKE
9.73%
B'90/GRÜNE
9.45%

Results by state

Second Vote ("Zweitstimme", or votes for party list) by state[9]

State Union SPD AfD FDP Linke Grüne Others
 Baden-Württemberg 34.4 16.4 12.2 12.7 6.4 13.5 4.5
 Bavaria 38.8 15.3 12.4 10.2 6.1 9.8 7.5
 Berlin 22.7 17.9 12.0 8.9 18.8 12.6 7.0
 Brandenburg 26.7 17.6 20.2 7.1 17.2 5.0 6.3
 Bremen 25.0 26.3 10.0 9.3 13.5 11.0 4.3
 Hamburg 27.2 23.5 7.8 10.8 12.2 13.9 4.5
 Hesse 30.9 23.5 11.9 11.6 8.1 9.7 4.4
 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 33.1 15.1 18.6 6.2 17.8 4.3 4.9
 Lower Saxony 34.9 27.4 9.1 9.3 6.9 8.7 3.6
 North Rhine-Westphalia 32.6 26.0 9.4 13.1 7.5 7.6 3.8
 Rhineland-Palatinate 35.9 24.2 11.2 10.4 6.8 7.6 3.9
 Saarland 32.4 27.2 10.1 7.6 12.9 6.0 3.9
 Saxony 26.9 10.5 27.0 8.2 16.1 4.6 6.7
 Saxony-Anhalt 30.3 15.2 19.6 7.8 17.8 3.7 5.7
 Schleswig-Holstein 34.0 23.3 8.2 12.6 7.3 12.0 2.7
 Thuringia 28.8 13.2 22.7 7.8 16.9 4.1 6.5

Additional member seats by state

Second Vote ("Zweitstimme", or votes for party list) seats allocated by each of the 16 states by party.

State[9] seats CDU/CSU SPD AfD FDP LINKE GRÜNE Total
 Baden-Württemberg 0 16 11 12 6 13 58
 Bavaria 0 18 14 12 7 11 62
 Berlin 2 2 4 3 2 3 16
 Brandenburg 0 3 5 2 4 1 15
 Bremen 1 0 1 0 1 1 4
 Hamburg 3 0 1 2 2 2 10
 Hesse 0 7 6 6 4 5 28
 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 0 2 3 1 3 1 10
 Lower Saxony 5 6 7 7 5 6 36
 North Rhine-Westphalia 4 15 15 20 12 12 78
 Rhineland-Palatinate 0 8 4 4 3 3 22
 Saarland 0 2 1 1 1 1 6
 Saxony 0 4 8 3 5 2 22
 Saxony-Anhalt 0 3 4 2 4 1 14
 Schleswig-Holstein 0 5 2 3 2 3 15
 Thuringia 0 3 5 2 3 1 14

Constitution of the 19th Bundestag

Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F086797-0006, Bonn, Tagung FDP-Bundestagsfraktion, Solms
The father of the house of the 19th Bundestag, Hermann Otto Solms

On 24 October 2017 the 19th Bundestag held its opening session, during which the Bundestag-members elected the Presidium of the Bundestag, i.e. the President and the Vice Presidents of the Bundestag. By tradition the biggest parliamentary group (in this case the CDU/CSU-group) has the right to propose a candidate for President of the Bundestag and following the rules of order every group has the right to be represented by at least one Vice President in the presidium. However, the Bundestag may decide to elect additional Vice Presidents. Every member of the presidium had to be elected by an absolute majority of the members of the Bundestag (in this case 355 votes). Until the election of the President of the Bundestag, the father of the house, the member of parliament with the longest membership, presided over the opening session.[10]

  • Since he had been a member of the Bundestag for 45 years (since 1972), Wolfgang Schäuble would have been the father of the house.[11] However, since Schäuble was also a candidate for President of the Bundestag and would therefore likely have had to declare his own election, he refused the office. Hermann Otto Solms, who had been a member of the Bundestag for 33 years (19802013 and since 2017), stood in for him.[12][13]
  • The CDU/CSU group proposed Wolfgang Schäuble to be President of the Bundestag.[14] Schäuble was elected on the first ballot (501 yes votes, 173 no votes, 30 abstentions, 1 invalid vote).
  • The CDU/CSU group proposed Hans-Peter Friedrich to be a Vice President of the Bundestag.[15] Friedrich was elected on the first ballot (507 yes votes, 112 no votes, 82 abstentions, 2 invalid votes).
  • The SPD group proposed Thomas Oppermann to be a Vice President of the Bundestag. Oppermann was elected on the first ballot (396 yes votes, 220 no votes, 81 abstentions, 6 invalid votes).
  • The AfD group proposed Albrecht Glaser to be a Vice President of the Bundestag.[16] On 2 October 2017 the groups of the SPD, the FDP, The Left and Alliance 90/The Greens criticised the nomination because of controversial remarks about Islam and the basic right of religious freedom made by Glaser during the AfD's election campaign and asked the AfD group to nominate someone else to the post. The AfD group declined to accede to the request and nominate someone else.[17] Glaser failed to get a majority on three ballots, although even a plurality would have been sufficient on the third (first ballot: 115 yes votes, 550 no votes, 26 abstentions, 12 invalid votes, second ballot: 123 yes votes, 549 no votes, 24 abstentions, 1 invalid vote, third ballot: 114 yes votes, 545 no votes, 26 abstentions).
  • The FDP group proposed Wolfgang Kubicki to be a Vice President of the Bundestag. Kubicki was elected on the first ballot (489 yes votes, 100 no votes, 111 abstentions, 3 invalid votes).
  • The Left group proposed Petra Pau, who has held this position since 2006, to be a Vice President of the Bundestag. Pau was elected on the first ballot (456 yes votes, 187 no votes, 54 abstentions, 6 invalid votes).
  • The Alliance 90/Greens group proposed Claudia Roth, who already held this position in the previous legislative session, to be a Vice President of the Bundestag.[18] Roth was elected on the first ballot (489 yes votes, 166 no votes, 45 abstentions, 3 invalid votes).

The AfD's seat in the Presidium has remained vacant since the first session. On 7 November 2018, the AfD-group nominated Mariana Harder-Kühnel to the post.[19] Harder-Kühnel failed to secure a majority on the first ballot on 29 November 2018 (223 yes votes, 387 no votes, 44 abstentions) and on the second ballot on 12 December 2018 (241 yes votes, 377 no votes, 41 abstentions).[20][21]

Government formation

Jamaica Coalition

The SPD's leader and Chancellor candidate Martin Schulz and other party leaders stated that the SPD would not continue the current grand coalition government after unsatisfactory election results.[22] Following the SPD's announcement that it would return to the opposition, the media speculated that Chancellor Angela Merkel might need to form a Jamaica coalition (black-yellow-green) with the Free Democrats and the Greens as that was the only viable coalition without the AfD or The Left, both of which had been ruled out by Merkel as coalition partners before the election.[23] On 9 October 2017 Merkel officially announced that she would invite the Free Democrats and the Greens for talks about building a coalition government starting on 18 October 2017.[24][25]

In the final days of the preliminary talks, the four parties had still failed to come to agreement on migration and climate issues.[26] Preliminary talks between the parties collapsed on 20 November after the FDP withdrew, arguing that the talks had failed to produce a common vision or trust.[27]

Grand coalition

After the collapse of these coalition talks, the German President appealed to the SPD to change their hard stance and to consider a grand coalition with the CDU/CSU.[28] On 24 November, Schulz said he wants party members to be polled on whether to form another grand coalition with CDU/CSU after a meeting with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier the day before.[29] According to CDU deputy leader Julia Klöckner, talks were unlikely to begin until early 2018.[30] On 6 December the SPD held a party congress in which a majority of the 600 party delegates voted to start preliminary coalition talks with the CDU/CSU.[31] This decision was met with reluctance by the party's youth wing, which organised protests outside the convention hall.[32] Martin Schulz's backing of the coalition talks was interpreted by media organisations as a u-turn, as he had previously ruled out considering a grand coalition.[33][34][35]

On 12 January, the CDU/CSU and the SPD announced that they had reached a breakthrough in the preliminary talks and agreed upon an outline document to begin formal negotiations for the grand coalition.[36] On 21 January, the SPD held an extraordinary party conference of 642 delegates in Bonn.[37] The conference voted in favour of accepting the conclusion of preliminary talks and launching formal coalition negotiations with the CDU/CSU.[38] The formal coalition talks finally began on 26 January.[39][40]

On 7 February, the CDU/CSU and SPD announced that the final coalition agreement had been reached between the parties to form the next government.[41] According to terms of the agreement, the SPD received six ministries in the new government including the finance, foreign affairs and labour portfolios while the CDU received five and the CSU three ministries. The agreement stipulated there would be rises in public spending, an increase in German financing of the EU and a slightly stricter stance taken towards immigration.[42][43] SPD chairperson and Europe expert Martin Schulz was to step down as party leader and join the cabinet as foreign minister,[44] despite having previously stated that he would not serve under a Merkel-led government.[45] However, only days after these reports were published, Schulz renounced his plan to be foreign minister reacting on massive criticism by the party base.[46] The complete text of the coalition agreement was published on 7 February.[47] The coalition deal was subject to approval of the approximately 460,000 members of the SPD in a postal vote.[48][49] The results of the vote were announced on 4 March. In summary, 66% of respondents voted in favour of the deal and 34% voted against it.[50] Approximately 78% of the SPD membership responded to the postal vote.[50] The result allowed the new government to take office immediately following Bundestag approval of Merkel's fourth term on 14 March 2018.[51]

Notes

  1. ^ Second votes (party list)
  2. ^ a b The Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union of Bavaria call themselves sister parties. They do not compete against each other in the same states and they form one group within the Bundestag.
  3. ^ Including Frauke Petry, who will not take the AfD whip or sit with the party.

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Albrecht Glaser

Albrecht Heinz Erhard Glaser (born 8 January 1942 in Worms) is a German politician (1970–2012 CDU, since 2012 AfD). From 1997 until 2001 he served as the Treasurer of Frankfurt.

Bill Kaulitz

Bill Kaulitz (born September 1, 1989), also known mononymously as Billy (stylized as BILLY) for his solo act, is a German singer, songwriter, voice actor, designer, and model. He is best known for his work from 2001 to the present as the lead singer of the band Tokio Hotel.

Canan Bayram

Canan Bayram (born 11 February 1966) is a German lawyer and politician (Alliance 90/The Greens) of Kurdish-Turkish origin. She is a member of the 19th German Parliament (Bundestag). She was a member of the House of Representatives of Berlin from 2006 to 2017, when she was directly elected to the Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg – Prenzlauer Berg East electoral district in the 2017 federal election. She is currently the only Alliance 90/Green member of parliament to hold a direct mandate rather than being elected from the party list.

Cem Özdemir

Cem Özdemir (German: [ˌdʒɛm ˈʔœzdɛmiːɐ̯], Turkish: [dʒæm ˈˈzdemiɾ]; born 21 December 1965) is a German politician of the German political party Alliance '90/The Greens.

Between 2008 and 2018, Özdemir served as co-chair of the Green Party, together with Claudia Roth and later Simone Peter. He has been a Member of the German Bundestag since 2013 and he was a Member of the German Bundestag between 1994 and 2002 and of the European Parliament between 2004 and 2009. He was standing as one of the top two Greens candidates for the 2017 German federal election. Since 2018, he has been serving as Chairman of the Committee on Transport.

European migrant crisis

The European migrant crisis or refugee crisis is a term given to a period beginning in 2013 when rising numbers of people arrived in the European Union (EU) from across the Mediterranean Sea or overland through Southeast Europe. It is part of a pattern of increased immigration to Europe from other continents which began in the mid-20th century and which has encountered resistance in many European countries.Immigrants from outside Europe include asylum seekers and economic migrants. Among other factors, climate change is considered a driving force for large-scale migration from Africa to Europe. The long-term effects of European colonialism, including widespread poverty and corruption, are also factors. In rare cases, immigration has been a cover for Islamic State militants disguised as refugees or migrants.The term "immigrant" is used by the European Commission to describe a person from a non-EU country establishing his or her usual residence in the territory of an EU country for a period that is, or is expected to be, at least twelve months. Most of the migrants came from Muslim-majority countries in regions south and east of Europe, including the Greater Middle East and Africa. By religious affiliation, the majority of entrants were Muslim (usually Sunni Muslim), with a small component of non-Muslim minorities (including Yazidis, Assyrians and Mandeans). According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the top three nationalities of entrants of the over one million Mediterranean Sea arrivals between January 2015 and March 2016 were Syrian (46.7%), Afghan (20.9%) and Iraqi (9.4%).Of the migrants arriving in Europe by sea in 2015, 58% were males over 18 years of age (77% of adults), 17% were females over 18 (22% of adults) and the remaining 25% were under 18. The number of deaths at sea rose to record levels in April 2015, when five boats carrying almost 2,000 migrants to Europe sank in the Mediterranean Sea, with a combined death toll estimated at more than 1,200 people. The shipwrecks took place in a context of ongoing conflicts and refugee crises in several Asian and African countries, which increased the total number of forcibly displaced people worldwide at the end of 2014 to almost 60 million, the highest level since World War II.Though the migrant crisis is mostly discussed in Europe, the top ten countries with the most refugees are Middle Eastern and African countries. Jordan, Turkey, and Pakistan are the top three biggest migrant destinations, while Lebanon, Iran, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Chad are the rest of the countries in the top 10 of the list. Six out of the top ten countries with the most refugees are Muslim-majority countries.

Fake news

Fake news or junk news or pseudo-news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media. The false information is often caused by reporters paying sources for stories, an unethical practice called checkbook journalism. The news is then often reverberated as misinformation in social media but occasionally finds its way to the mainstream media as well.Fake news is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership. Similarly, clickbait stories and headlines earn advertising revenue from this activity.The relevance of fake news has increased in post-truth politics. For media outlets, the ability to attract viewers to their websites is necessary to generate online advertising revenue. Publishing a story with false content that attracts users benefits advertisers and improves ratings. Easy access to online advertisement revenue, increased political polarization, and the popularity of social media, primarily the Facebook News Feed, have all been implicated in the spread of fake news, which competes with legitimate news stories. Hostile government actors have also been implicated in generating and propagating fake news, particularly during elections.

Fake news undermines serious media coverage and makes it more difficult for journalists to cover significant news stories. An analysis by BuzzFeed found that the top 20 fake news stories about the 2016 U.S. presidential election received more engagement on Facebook than the top 20 election stories from 19 major media outlets. Anonymously-hosted fake news websites lacking known publishers have also been criticized, because they make it difficult to prosecute sources of fake news for libel.The term is also at times used to cast doubt upon legitimate news from an opposing political standpoint, a tactic known as the lying press. During and after his presidential campaign and election, Donald Trump popularized the term "fake news" in this sense when he used it to describe the negative press coverage of himself. In part as a result of Trump's use of the term, the term has come under increasing criticism, and in October 2018 the British government decided that it will no longer use the term because it is "a poorly-defined and misleading term that conflates a variety of false information, from genuine error through to foreign interference in democratic processes."

Frank Magnitz

Frank Rüdiger Heinrich Magnitz (born 29 June 1952) is a German politician from the Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) party. He has been speaker of the Bremen branch of the AfD since 2015 and a Member of the Bundestag since 2017.

Gatestone Institute

The Gatestone Institute (formerly Stonegate Institute and Hudson New York) is a right-wing anti-Muslim think tank with a focus on Islam and the Middle East. The organization has attracted attention for publishing false articles and being a source of viral falsehoods.Gatestone was founded in 2012 by Nina Rosenwald, who serves as its president. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton, now national security advisor, was its chairman from 2013 to March 2018. Its current chairman is Amir Taheri. Its authors include Nonie Darwish, Alan Dershowitz, Raymond Ibrahim, Denis MacEoin, Daniel Pipes, Raheel Raza, Khaled Abu Toameh, and Geert Wilders.

Katrin Göring-Eckardt

Katrin Dagmar Göring-Eckardt (born Katrin Dagmar Eckardt; 3 May 1966), better known as Katrin Göring-Eckardt, is a German politician from the German Green Party (officially known as Alliance '90/The Greens; German: Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). Starting her political activity in the now-former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in the late 1980s, she has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1998. She became co-chair of her party caucus in the Bundestag (2002–2005) and the Greens' Vice President of the Bundestag on 18 October 2005, a position that she held until 2013. In the November 2012 primary election, the Green Party chose her and Jürgen Trittin as the top two candidates for the Greens for the 2013 German federal election. She also stood as joint top candidate for the Greens in the 2017 German federal election, alongside Cem Özdemir.Between 2009 and 2013, Göring-Eckardt served as praeses of the synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (German: Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, abbreviated EKD) and thus as member of the Council of the EKD. However, during the federal election campaign in 2013, she stepped down from her office in the EKD.

Kay Gottschalk

Kay Gottschalk (born 12 December 1965) is a German politician of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and member of the German federal parliament.

List of elections in 2017

The following elections occurred in 2017.

Mixed-member proportional representation

Mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation is a mixed electoral system in which voters get two votes: one to decide the representative for their single-seat constituency, and one for a political party. Seats in the legislature are filled firstly by the successful constituency candidates, and secondly, by party candidates based on the percentage of nationwide or region-wide votes that each party received. The constituency representatives are elected using first-past-the-post voting (FPTP) or another plurality/majoritarian system. The nationwide or region-wide party representatives are, in most jurisdictions, drawn from published party lists, similar to party-list proportional representation. To gain a nationwide representative, parties may be required to achieve a minimum number of constituency candidates, a minimum percentage of the nationwide party vote, or both.

MMP differs from parallel voting in that the nationwide seats are allocated to political parties in a compensatory manner in order to achieve proportional election results. Under MMP, two parties that each receive 25% of the votes may both end up with 25% of the seats, even if one party wins more constituencies than the other.

MMP was originally used to elect representatives to the German Bundestag, and has been adopted by Bolivia, Lesotho and New Zealand. It was also used in Romania during its 2008 and 2012 legislative elections. In Germany, where it is used on the federal level and in most states, MMP is known as personalized proportional representation (German: personalisiertes Verhältniswahlrecht). In the United Kingdom such systems used in Scotland, Wales, and the London Assembly are referred to as additional member systems. In the Canadian province of Quebec, where an MMP model was studied in 2007, it is called the compensatory mixed-member voting system (système mixte avec compensation or SMAC).

Opinion polling for the 2017 German federal election

In the run up to the German federal election, 2017, various organisations carry out opinion polling to gauge voting intention in Germany. Results of such polls are displayed in this article.

The date range for these opinion polls are from the previous general election, held on 22 September 2013, to the present day. The next general election is scheduled to be held on 24 September 2017.

Radical centrism

Radical centrism (also called the radical center/centre or radical middle) is a political ideology that arose in the Western nations in the late 20th century. At first it was defined in a variety of ways, but at the beginning of the 21st century a number of political science texts gave it a more developed cast.The radical in the term refers to a willingness on the part of most radical centrists to call for fundamental reform of institutions. The centrism refers to a belief that genuine solutions require realism and pragmatism, not just idealism and emotion. One radical centrist text defines radical centrism as "idealism without illusions", a phrase originally from John F. Kennedy.Radical centrists typically borrow ideas from the left, the right, and elsewhere, often melding them together. Most support market-based solutions to social problems with strong governmental oversight in the public interest. There is support for increased global engagement and the growth of an empowered middle class in developing countries. Many radical centrists work within the major political parties, but also support independent or third-party initiatives and candidacies.One common criticism of radical centrism is that its policies are only marginally different from conventional centrist policies. Another is that radical centrists' penchant for relying on newly-formed third parties is naïve and self-defeating. Some observers see radical centrism as primarily a process of catalyzing dialogue and fresh thinking among polarized people and groups.

Right-wing populism

Right-wing populism is a political ideology which combines right-wing politics and populist rhetoric and themes. The rhetoric often consists of anti-elitist sentiments, opposition to the Establishment and speaking for the common people.

In Europe, right-wing populism is an expression used to describe groups, politicians and political parties generally known for their opposition to immigration, mostly from the Islamic world and in most cases Euroscepticism. Right-wing populism in the Western world is generally—though not exclusively—associated with ideologies such as neo-nationalism, anti-globalization, nativism, protectionism and opposition to immigration. Anti-Muslim ideas and sentiments serve as the "great unifiers" among right-wing political formations throughout the United States and Europe. Traditional right-wing views such as opposition to an increasing support for the welfare state and a "more lavish, but also more restrictive, domestic social spending" scheme is also described under right-wing populism and is sometimes called "welfare chauvinism".From the 1990s, right-wing populist parties became established in the legislatures of various democracies, including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Romania and Sweden; entered coalition governments in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Finland, Greece, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland; and led governments in Japan, Brazil, Colombia, India, Turkey, Hungary and Poland. Although extreme right-wing movements in the United States have been studied separately, where they are normally called "radical right", some writers consider them to be a part of the same phenomenon. Right-wing populism in the United States is also closely linked to paleoconservatism. Right-wing populism is distinct from conservatism, but several right-wing populist parties have their roots in conservative political parties. Other populist parties have links to fascist movements founded during the interwar period when Italian, German, Hungarian, Spanish and Japanese fascism rose to power.

Since the Great Recession, right-wing populist movements such as the National Rally (formerly the National Front) in France, the Northern League in Italy, the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands and the UK Independence Party began to grow in popularity, in large part because of increasing opposition to immigration from the Middle East and Africa, rising Euroscepticism and discontent with the economic policies of the European Union. U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 political views have been summarized by pundits as right-wing populist and nationalist.

Robert Habeck

Robert Habeck (born 2 September 1969 in Lübeck) is a German writer and politician of the Alliance '90/The Greens and has been their leader since January 2018.

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