Germany at the polls – what Europe can expect


Germany goes to the polls on 22 September, after an election campaign where EU topics have hardly been present. The campaign has instead focused on domestic issues such as pensions, statutory minimum wage and childcare benefits.

Considering Germany´s central role in the EU – not least in trying to solve the euro crisis – the election is nevertheless closely followed in the rest of Europe. In this analysis, the author, Julian Rappold, discusses possible implications of the outcome of the election for Europe. According to him, no fundamental change in policy should be expected with any likely government coalition.

The publication is part of SIEPS´ research project The political system of the European Union.



Julian Rappold is Programme Officer at the Alfred von Oppenheim Centre for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin.