German election mini-series: Six stories to explain the pivotal vote

Today we launch a special mini-series of articles to help you understand what’s shaping Germany’s general election this Sunday (September 26).

We’ll explain the quirks of the German election system — it is very unusual — and look at the legacy of Angela Merkel’s long stint in charge.

After Germany’s deadly floods in July and an early surge for the Greens in the polls, what impact will climate change have on the vote?

We’ll put out a new article at 13h CEST every day in the run-up to the election. To receive a notification for each one we publish, download the Euronews app. It’s available on Apple and Android devices.

Has the AfD’s Nazi rhetoric doomed it to electoral oblivion?

German election mini-series: Six stories to explain the pivotal vote
Thuringia’s AfD faction leader Bjoern Hoecke attending a rally in ErfurtCredit: AP

After a massive win in the 2017 elections, the far-right party is little more than a footnote this time around.

Published: 13h CEST, Monday, September 20.

Explainer: How does the German election system work?

German election mini-series: Six stories to explain the pivotal vote
A German national flag waves on top of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 19, 2021.xCredit: AP

It’s complicated, so here we break it down and explain how it all works.

Published: 13h CEST, Tuesday, September 21.

Olaf Scholz makes a comeback by making fewer gaffes than his rivals

German election mini-series: Six stories to explain the pivotal vote
Scholz could be poised to lead the SDP to its first election victory since 2002.Credit: Britta Pedersen/(c) dpa-Zentralbild

Scholz could be poised to lead the SDP to its first election victory since 2002.

Published: 13h CEST, Wednesday, September 22.

Don’t look back in Angela: How Merkel has shaped Germany

German election mini-series: Six stories to explain the pivotal vote
German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the plenary hall after a debate about the situation in Germany ahead of the upcoming national election in Berlin, GermanyCredit: AP

Angela Merkel will leave office after Germany holds its September election. After 16 years in power, how will she be remembered?

Published: 13h CEST, Thursday, September 23.

How Germany’s deadly floods made climate change a key election issue

German election mini-series: Six stories to explain the pivotal vote
Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz address the media in Stolberg, which was hit by heavy rain and floods.Credit: Marius Becker/(c) dpa-Pool

German voters want to see more than lip service paid to the problem of global warming.

Published: 13h CEST, Friday, September 24.

Disenfranchised and unheard, Germany’s Turks remain an island

German election mini-series: Six stories to explain the pivotal vote
Turkish immigrant Aliye Tuerkyilmaz, 48, hands out flyers about the COVID pandemic and tries to connect with other immigrants in one of the four languages she speaksMarkus Schreiber/Markus Schreiber

Germany has the second-worst political representation for minorities in Europe, with just 14 out of over 700 federal lawmakers of Turkish background.

Published: 13h CEST, Saturday, September 25.

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