EUROPP is running a series of articles on the German federal elections scheduled for 24 September 2017. This page collates all of the material in the series.


Key dates for the German elections


12 August: Merkel starts official campaigning tour through Germany

13 August: Campaigning officially begins as parties in Germany cannot put up campaign posters or run TV ads until 6 weeks before the election

20 August: Compilation of the electoral register or voter list: there are 61.5 million eligible voters this year

21 August: Schulz starts official campaigning tour through Germany

30 August: Debate with leading members of the Greens, AfD, Die Linke, and the FDP

3 September: TV debate between Merkel and Schulz shown in both public channels as well as the two biggest private channels (7.15pm UK time)

21 September: TV debate with all Spitzenkandidaten (CDU/CSU, SPD, Greens, FDP, Die Linke, AfD) on public channels only (unclear at present if both Schulz and Merkel will participate)

24 September: Election Day, polling stations close at 6pm (5pm UK time), first projections at 6pm, first results around 6.15 pm (5.15pm UK time)


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