EP32: The Name of the Game - How German Federal Elections Work


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September 26th is going to be a big day for Germany! The German people are electing a new Bundestag (federal parliament) and after 16 years of being in office, Angela Merkel decided not to run anymore and Germany will be getting a new chancellor. But how do elections even work in Germany? What's up with all that talk about an Erststimme (first vote) and a Zweitstimme (second vote)? And how is the chancellor elected if people don't vote for them on the ballot? In today's episode, we tried to answer all of these questions and give you guys a comprehensible overview of the German election process and the different parties. For more detailed insights, we linked some articles below. Also, please feel free to add information and talk about the elections in the comments on YouTube!

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Mentioned chart of the political spectrum chart Germany vs. USA: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/six-charts-to-help-americans-understand-the-upcoming-german-election/

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