Pirate Party of Germany

Pirate Party of Germany. The rise and fall of the Pirate Party is one of the most interesting events in recent German politics. The party, which is formed on a basis of direct democracy (using the internet), copyright reform and civil libertarian issues gained international attention when it won 8.9% in the Berlin state election, […]

Alternative for Germany (AfD)

Alternative for Germany (AfD). Founded in 2013 by a group of academics the party’s de facto leader is Bernd Lucke, a political economist at the University of Hamburg. The AfD is a broadly right-leaning, softly Eurosceptic party which is principally opposed to the Euro, and to Eurozone bailouts.  In addition to opposition to the Euro the party desires […]

Germany – the EU Parliamentary Elections

Political Background The Federal Republic of Germany, or ‘West Germany’ as it was informally known, was a founding member of the EU. In part early attempts at European Integration were an attempt to tie down post-war Germany into mutual dependency with the rest of Europe. There was also a motivation of guaranteeing that Germany’s economy […]

Other notable German political parties

National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD). A neo-Nazi party, which skirts the boundaries of legality, (with an attempted ban in 2003), the NPD is the most feared party which might gain seats. The party has very low support in most of Germany but has managed to gain representation in the two East German states of […]

Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU)

Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU). Germany’s second most-populated, and wealthiest Land, Bavaria, has long had a rather independent personality. Identified in the popular imagination with Liederhosen, beer halls and Oktoberfest, the Land features unusual German dialects and has occasionally flirted with separatism. Like most of Germany’s South, Bavaria is majority Catholic, and very affluent. […]

Die Linke

Die Linke (literally ‘The Left’). Die Linke is Germany’s newest parliamentary party. The party was formed from a merger between two left-wing parties, the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) and Labour and Social Justice – The Electoral Alternative (WASG) The PDS was the legal successor of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany  (SED), the former […]

Free Democratic Party (FDP)

Free Democratic Party (FDP). The FDP has historically been Germany’s third party. A liberal party, the FDP historically provided the ‘half’ in Germany’s then two and a half system. With Germany’s proportional electoral system and with no other potential coalition partners the FDP historically acted as a potential coalition partner for both the CDU and […]

Alliance ‘90/The Greens

Alliance ‘90/The Greens. As in much of the West, the 1960s were a time of great tension in West Germany. A student protest movement arose which campaigned against the stale conservatism of post-war Germany, and its alleged authoritarianism. The protest movement also embraced radical ‘New Left’ stances, in opposition to war, in favour of environmentalism, […]

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Germany’s second volkspartei is also its oldest party. The SPD, founded in 1875 from a merging of two earlier socialist parties, is also the oldest social democratic party in the world, and has been at the forefront of socialist thought for more than a century. The party suffered […]

Christian Democratic Union (CDU)

Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Founded in 1945, shortly after the end of WWII, the CDU is Germany’s dominant centre-right party. While the CDU traces its history principally to the Weimar era Catholic centrist party, Zentrum, the CDU is a very broad, catch-all party, and along with the Social Democrats is often described as one of […]