German elections: a quick guide

Germany goes to the polls this Sunday with Chancellor Angela Merkel hoping for a record third term: here's what you need to know about how the system works

20th September, 2013
Angela Merkel: hoping for a third term

Voters in the Germany will elect members of the 18th Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, on Sunday September 22nd. Here's what you need to know*.

Of Germany’s population of about 80.5 million people, 61.8 million are eligible to vote. The biggest single age group voting are those aged 70 and older, making up 20.1 percent of the electorate. In the last federal election in 2009, voter turnout was 70.8 percent.

The western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with 13.2...

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