List of political parties in Germany

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This is a list of political parties in Germany.

The Parliament of Germany, the Bundestag, has a plural multi-party system, with two major parties, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), with its sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) in the same parliamentary group, also known as CDU/CSU or the Union.

Germany also has a number of minor parties, most importantly The Left, and Alliance '90/The Greens. The federal government of Germany usually consisted of a coalition of a major and a minor party, most typically CDU/CSU and Free Democratic Party (FDP), or a 'red-green alliance' of the SPD and Greens. From 1966 to 1969, from 2005 to 2009 and again since 2013, the federal government consisted of a Grand Coalition.[1] In 2013, the FDP was voted out of the national Parliament, and in the following months also out of some state Parliaments such that it is not participating in any governments any longer.

Coalitions in the Bundestag and state legislators are often described by party colors. Party colors are the Social Democratic Party being red, the Alliance '90/The Greens green, the Free Democratic Party yellow, the Left dark red or purple, and the CDU/CSU black or blue.[2][3]

The parties[edit]

Parties represented in the Bundestag or the European Parliament[edit]

Logo Name Abbr. Leader Ideology MdBs MEPs Political Position Notes
Cdu-logo.svg Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
CDU Angela Merkel Christian democracy,[4] Liberal conservatism,[4]
Economic liberalism[5]
255 29 Centre-right [A]
CSU logo.png Christian Social Union of Bavaria
Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern
CSU Horst Seehofer Christian democracy,[4] Conservatism,[4] Regionalism[4] 56 5 Right-wing
SPD logo.svg Social Democratic Party of Germany
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
SPD Sigmar Gabriel Social democracy[4] 193 27 Centre-left
Die Linke logo.svg The Left
Die Linke
LINKE Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger Democratic socialism[4] 64 7 Left-wing
Greens-Logo Germany.svg Alliance '90/The Greens
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
GRÜNE Simone Peter and Cem Özdemir Green politics[4] 63 11 Centre-left
Alternative-fuer-Deutschland-Logo-2013.svg Alternative for Germany
Alternative für Deutschland
AfD Bernd Lucke, Frauke Petry and Konrad Adam Euroscepticism,[4] National conservatism,[4] Economic liberalism[4] 0 7 Right-wing
Logo der Freien Demokraten.svg Free Democratic Party
Freie Demokratische Partei
FDP Christian Lindner Liberalism,[4] Classical liberalism[6][7] 0 3 Centre to Centre-right
Free Voters
Freie Wähler
FREIE WÄHLER Hubert Aiwanger Populism, Localism, Euroscepticism 0 1 Centre
Logo Piratenpartei Deutschland 3D.svg Pirate Party Germany
Piratenpartei Deutschland
PIRATEN Stefan Körner Pirate politics, Direct democracy 0 1
Tierschutzpartei-Logo.svg Human Environment Animal Protection
Mensch Umwelt Tierschutz
Tierschutzpartei Stefan Bernhard Eck;[8] Horst Wester, Barbara Nauheimer Animal rights, Environmentalism 0 1 Centre-left
NPD-Logo-2013.svg National Democratic Party of Germany
Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands
NPD Udo Pastörs Right-wing extremism, Neo-Nazism 0 1 Far-right
FamilienPartei Logo2007.svg Family Party of Germany
Familien-Partei Deutschlands
FAMILIE Maria Hartmann Social conservatism 0 1 Centre-right to Right-wing
ÖDP-Logo.svg Ecological Democratic Party
Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei
ÖDP Sebastian Frankenberger Green conservatism 0 1 Centre to Centre-right
Die partei logo.jpg Die PARTEI
Partei für Arbeit, Rechtsstaat, Tierschutz, Elitenförderung und basisdemokratische Initiative
Die PARTEI Martin Sonneborn Satire 0 1
A The CDU and CSU form the CDU/CSU faction in the Bundestag; CSU runs only in Bavaria, CDU elsewhere.

Parties represented in state parliaments[edit]

Logo Name Abbr. Leader Ideology Elected in State (Seats) Position Notes
Ssw-logo.svg South Schleswig Voter Federation
Südschleswigscher Wählerverband
SSW Flemming Meyer Regionalism, ethnic minority politics, social liberalism Schleswig-Holstein (3) Centre-left [A]
BIW-Logo.jpg Citizens in Rage
Bürger in Wut
BIW Jan Timke Right-wing populism Bremen (2) Right-wing
A Represents the Danish and Frisian minorities. Not subject to the general requirement of passing a 5% vote threshold.

Minor parties[edit]

Historical parties[edit]

Parties existing up to World War I[edit]

Parties in Weimar Republic[edit]

Defunct parties in (former) West Germany[edit]

Parties banned by the Constitutional Court[edit]

Parties in (former) East Germany[edit]

Bloc parties in the socialist state (1949–1989)[edit]

During transition (1989–90)[edit]

Parties founded from 1989[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^,,1647406,00.html
  2. ^ "Political parties form colorful spectrum in Germany". Deutsche Welle. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  3. ^ The Green party: Getting used to opposition, Deutsche Welle, 2009-08-24, retrieved 2009-10-12, This made a so-called Jamaica coalition with the Christian Democratic Union and the Free Democratic Party impossible. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  5. ^ Mark S. Milosch (2006). Modernizing Bavaria: The Politics of Franz Josef Strau[beta] and the CSU, 1949-1969. Berghahn Books. pp. 18–. ISBN 978-1-84545-123-3. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  6. ^ George C. Lodge; Ezra F. Vogel (1987). Ideology and National Competitiveness: An Analysis of Nine Countries. Harvard Business Press. pp. 85–. ISBN 978-0-87584-147-2. 
  7. ^ Russell A. Berman (19 April 2010). Freedom Or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad. Hoover Press. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-8179-1114-0. 
  8. ^ Bundesvorstand der Tierschutzpartei, abgerufen am 12. Februar 2011.

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