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.

With 83 million people, Germany is the largest democracy in the European Union and one of the largest in the world. Every four years, Germans vote to determine the composition of the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament and Germany’s foremost democratic institution.

This 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. The German Federal Elections Educatoin Guide.


Brandon Bohrn

Manager, Transatlantic Relations
Bertelsmann Foundation