The German federal election for the "Bundestag" took place on September 24th, 2017. Long-time federal chancellor Angela Merkel and her CDU/CSU Union has been the clear favorite but with the new competitor Martin Schulz battling for first place became more interesting, even though after several disappointing elections in federal states of Germany, the SPD's polling numbers decreased again. In the end, both CDU and SPD lost dramatically.
Moreover, once more in an european election, all eyes were on an far-right populist party, in the case of Germany the Alternative for Germany (AfD). The AfD surged in the polls during the refugee crisis but support for the party decreased in the polls in 2017. On election day they gained 8 percentage points and got almost 13% of the votes. The liberal FDP made a comeback after constantly polling above the 5-percentage threshold and won 10%.