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Bundestag Elections 2013: Consequences for German Capitalism and European Integration

Sebastian Płóciennik

August 2013

The Polish Institute of International Affairs


Germany will draw a lot of attention in September 2013 when its citizens will choose a new federal parliament—Bundestag. The reason is not only the fact that the country is a big player but also that it dominates Europe on a scale not observed since the 1980s. Its economic model seems to be the most efficient in Europe at the moment and the country even has enough power to set reform agendas across the EU. Since the biggest changes in German internal and external politics can be expected if the opposition is victorious, it seems important to analyse in advance the key elements of the proposals by the major opposition force: Social-Democratic Party (SPD) and the Alliance 90/The Greens. This could help us understand what kind of change to German capitalism is advocated by these parties and how their election success could affect European integration.