German election: Six stories to understand the pivotal vote

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 uncommon — 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 surveys, what impact will climate change have on the vote?

Thuringia’s AfD faction leader Bjoern Hoecke attending a rally in ErfurtCredit: AP

After a enormous win in the 2017 elections, the far-right party is simply a footnote this time around.

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A German national flag groups on top of the German federal parliament, the BundestagCredit: AP

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

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Scholz could be poised to rule the SDP to its first election victory since 2002.Credit: Britta Pedersen/(c) dpa-Zentralbild

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

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the plenary hall after a argue about the situation in Germany ahead of the upcoming national election in Berlin, GermanyCredit: AP

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

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Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz address the media in Stolberg, which was hit by heavy rain and floods.Credit: Marius Becker/(c) dpa-Pool

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

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Turkish immigrant Aliye Tuerkyilmaz, 48, hands out flyers about the COVID pandemic and tries to connect with other immigrants in one of the four languages she speaksMarkus Schreiber/Markus Schreiber

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

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