German Federal Elections
The German Federal Elections 2017: 22nd
all the candidates running in the 2017 German Federal Election, 29 percent of
candidates are female (a growth compared
to 25.8 percent in the 2013 federal election)
have shown that the number of women in German politics has been increasing but
it is still below parity.
the fact, that the amount of women in German politics is above OECD’s average,
there is still place for improvement in that matter. The Inter-Parliamentary
Union Index places Germany on the 21st place behind countries such
as France, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.
wing and libertarian parties tend to have more female members in Germany
left wing Die Linke and the right-wing Alternative für Deutschland are the two
parties with the highest amount of foreign born candidates
also happens to be the party with the lowest number of female candidates and
the only party which noted a decrease in female candidates in comparison with the
2013 federal elections. Within the Green Party nearly every second candidate is
is a clear tendency for German right wing parties to have less female
candidates and there is a strong variation across parties. There is also
regional variation as in Germany every voter has two votes – one to choose
among direct candidates from their electoral districts and one to choose among
party lists. In the former GDR (East Germany) the CDU/CSU has a high share of
female candidates including Angela Merkel. In Southern Germany the share is
below 20 percent
election forecast for the 22 September 2017 projected that on the 24 September
the CDU/CSU will receive 36.2 percent of the votes, The Left 9.5 percent,
Alliance 90/ The Greens 7.9 percent, FPD 9.3 percent and the AfD 10.2 percent.
It is almost certain that a grand coalition (CDU/CSU and SPD) would have the
majority of seats. Angela Merkel is very likely going to secure a fourth term
as the leader of Germany.