The Domestic Politics – Elections research axis within the Committee on Franco-German Relations at Ifri provides an analysis of the German domestic politics, its dynamics, the evolution of the party systems, and the electoral geography of the German Federal Republic. It tackles the relations between the political sphere and society and economic structures. A particular attention is payed to the electoral process in the different “Länder” because of the specificities of the German federal system. The recent political evolutions, with the emergence of new forms of coalitions in the different “Länder” as well as the persistent differences in the political behaviors between East and West Germany, 30 years after the reunification, will influence political evolutions at the federal level (“Bund”).
2021 will be a “super election year” in Germany („Superwahljahr”). The federal elections of September 26th, 2021 will determine the coalition which will lead Germany in the coming four years and the leader who will succeed Angela Merkel as future Chancellor. In parallel, elections will be organized in six “Länder”. Three elections will take place in Spring and will serve as a “test” for a possible coalition at the federal level (on March 14th, 2021 in Rhineland-Palatinate and in Baden-Württemberg and on June 6th, 2021 in Saxony-Anhalt). Three other elections will take place on the very same day as the federal elections, on September 26th (Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Thuringia).
The Cerfa at Ifri will analyze these topics along numerous “Notes du Cerfa” and public events which will help understand electoral campaigns, but also the overarching consequences of the election results on the Franco German cooperation at the regional and national level and on the role, Germany embodies on the European and international stage.