14 September 2013

German voters will go to the polls on 22 September 2013

The two main rivals in Germany's federal polls this year are the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats Union of Germany (CDU) and their allies are defending a majority of 40 in the current 620-seat assembly. In the last federal election in 2009, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU); won the election with Angela Merkel as Chancellor.  Opinion polls suggest Merkel is the favourite to win a third term as leader in the federal elections.

Peer Steinbrück  is a German Social Democratic politician. He is the SPD candidate for Chancellor of Germany in the 2013 federal election.