Politics & Society

The Evolution of Germany’s Political Spectrum

Germany’s parliamentary democracy is home to a wide range of political parties. In fact, more than 40 parties received votes in the 2017 national election. While many parties have come and gone, this animation focuses on those currently represented in Germany’s Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, and provides background on how they got there.

This 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