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German election: Six stories to understand the pivotal vote

·2-min read

Welcome to our special mini-series of articles to help you understand what's shaping Germany's general election this Sunday (September 26).

We'll explain the quirks of the German election system -- it is very unusual -- and look at the legacy of Angela Merkel's long stint in charge.

After Germany's deadly floods in July and an early surge for the Greens in the polls, what impact will climate change have on the vote?

1. Has the AfD's Nazi rhetoric doomed it to electoral oblivion?

After a massive win in the 2017 elections, the far-right party is little more than a footnote this time around.

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2. Explainer: How does the German election system work?

It can be complicated to understand. So here we break it down and explain how Germany's election system works.

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3. Olaf Scholz makes a comeback by making fewer gaffes than his rivals

Scholz could be poised to lead the SDP to its first election victory since 2002.

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4. Auf Wiedersehen, Angela: How Merkel has shaped Europe and Germany

Angela Merkel will leave office after Germany holds its September election. After 16 years in power, how will she be remembered?

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5. How Germany's deadly floods made climate change a key election issue

German voters want to see more than lip service paid to the problem of global warming.

Read the article.

6. Disenfranchised and unheard, Germany's Turks remain an island

Germany has the second-worst political representation for minorities in Europe, with just 14 out of over 700 federal lawmakers of Turkish background.

Read the article.

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