German voters go to the polls on Sunday 24 September 2017. The current chancellor, Angela Merkel, is widely expected to secure a fourth term in office (though we’ve seen plenty of political upsets in recent years). Assuming Merkel wins, then Martin Schulz’ Social Democratic Party (SPD) is likely to come in second place.
The question, then, is which party will take third place? Who will end up in coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party? And who will end up as the largest opposition party?
Today we’re looking at the manifesto of the FDP. They’ve put forward Christian Lindner as their candidate for chancellor, and hope that they can re-enter the Bundestag after spending some time in the wilderness (having been rejected by voters in the 2013 elections). Will they be willing to enter into coalition with Merkel’s CDU after being burned the last time around? What do their party believe, and what sort of programme would they put in place if they won power?
What do the FDP party stand for? Will their focus on education and digitalisation resonate with the German public? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!
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