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It’s been a busy year all round in Germany. 2021 is election year, whilst the gambling market has a new treaty about to come into force to open up the online gambling market significantly.


Apparently the German media has classed 2021 as a Superwahljahr (Super Election Year) due to the number of local and state elections. Not only will the 20th Bundestag (Federal Parliament) general election be held in September, but six of Germany’s 16 states also head to the polls throughout 2021.


Each of the states elect a new parliament every five years and this year it’s the turn of Baden- Wurttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, which held elections in March; Saxony-Anhalt (elections in June), Turingia, Mecklenburg- Western Pomerania and Berlin (elections in September).


Baden-Wurttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate saw Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU) show its worst results ever as the Greens won the most seats in this state and the socialists (SDP) won the most seats in Rhineland- Palatinate. Some of this is said to be due to the CDU’s recent scandals and mishandling of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.


Tis year of course also marks the end of an era and one of the biggest changes in German politics with the end of Angela Merkel’s reign which has lasted almost 16 years (four terms) in government.


Merkel stepped out from Helmut Kohl’s shadow back in 2001 to take the helm at the CDU party, although it wasn’t until 2005 when the CDU and Bavarian sister party CSU, managed to beat the Social Democrats which was led at the time by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.


Merkel became the first woman, first former East German and first scientist to become chancellor. She was also the youngster person to hold the post.


Tis year of course marks the end of an era and one of the biggest changes in German politics with the end of Angela


Merkel’s reign which has lasted almost 16 years (four terms) in government. Merkel stepped out from Helmut Kohl’s shadow back in 2001 to take the helm at the CDU party,


although it wasn’t until 2005 when the CDU and Bavarian sister party CSU, managed to beat the Social Democrats, which was led at the time by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.


German politics are fairly complicated. When demonstrated via party colours it is akin to a Dulux colour chart. With party colours (CDU black, SPD red and Greens – surprisingly green) the coalition make-up per state, when highlighted, shows an interesting picture. Te three major camps are the CDU, SPD and Greens followed by the Free Democrats Party (yellow), Left (darker red/purple) and far right Alternative for Germany (blue).


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