The election campaign was dull: two main contenders (Merkel and Schulz) whose opinions where quite close in nearly all policies. The only exciting issue was that for the very first time an openly extreme right-wing party would enter the Bundestag.
- 33% Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU)
- 20,5% Social Democrats (SPD)
- 12,6% Extreme Right (AfD)
- 10,7% Liberals (FDP)
- 9,2 Left (Die Linke)
- 8,9 Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen)
- 5,1 Others
This result contains 10 main elements:
- Germany is still an anchor of stability: more than three quarters of the voters have decided to give their vote to parties who stand for multilateral, responsible and sustainable national and international politics.
- The two main parties have lost considerable votes (for the two the worst result than 1949) – like it is the trend in a considerable number of other European countries.
- The two main parties will nevertheless stick to their leadership, but will be headed for the next Bundestag election in four years by new individual.
- No one is questioning that the Christian democrats will continue to lead the federal government.
- The Social Democrats have decided to quit the “Grosse Koaltion” and to become the main opposition party.
- The Liberals (after having been absent from the Bundestag for four years) have doubled their votes and the Greens succeeded a better result than expected.
- With the decision of the SPD, the only solution for a government will be “Jamaica”: black (the colour which is attributed in Germany to the CDU/CSU), yellow (the colour of the Liberals) and the Greens.
- The coalition negotiations will be quicker than expected: all the three partners have governed already in different constellations in several of the 16 länder.
- Germany will certainly be obliged to live for the foreseeable future with the parliamentary presence of an extreme right-wing party, hoping that this party will not grow in size to French standards.
- After 27 years of unification the voting patterns are developing in different directions: the AfD is much stronger in the länder of former Eastern Germany.