Politics & Society

How to Build a Governing Coalition in Germany

When polls close on election day in Germany, voters are provided with some answers, mainly how the various political parties performed. But after election day, one question immediately arises in the days, weeks, and sometimes months that follow: which parties will form a coalition and govern the country for the next four years?

The 2021 election also sets the stage for a new governing coalition, chancellor, and cabinet. Given the complexity of Germany’s electoral process, the Bertelsmann Foundation and Transatlantic Outreach Program have created a guide to help provide a better understanding of its ins and outs. Click here for the German Federal Elections Education Guide.


Brandon Bohrn

Manager, Transatlantic Relations
Bertelsmann Foundation