The Social Democratic Party of Germany, the Free Democratic Party of Germany, and Alliance 90-The Greens agree to a "traffic light coalition" to form the next government with Olaf Scholz of the SPD as the next Chancellor, succeeding Angela Merkel. The government will be formally elected by the Bundestag in early December.
In a surprise victory, Chancellor Angela Merkel's party Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is projected to be the clear winner, taking in 37% of the vote. The far-right Alternative for Germany, which was polling neck-and-neck with the CDU for most of the campaign, came in second with 20.8%, down three percentage points from last state election.
Bavarian minister president Markus Söder and leader of the ruling Christian Democratic Union Armin Laschet announce their respective candidacies to succeed current Chancellor Angela Merkel after the federal elections take place.
North Rhine-Westphalia minister-president Armin Laschet is elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union, one of the ruling parties in the Bundestag and the party of incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel. Laschet's election makes him a front-runner to be the party's candidate in the federal election in September.
President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen resigns from her position as Federal Minister of Defence of Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel appoints Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of the ruling CDU, as her successor.
On the eve of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party's convention in Karlsruhe, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel says, "We want to noticeably reduce the number of people who come to us, but not through unilateral national measures alone." She acknowledges the crisis could overwhelm Germany if it went on much longer. Merkel warded off pressure from immigration skeptics within the CDU to include a quota in the refugee policy motion the convention will vote on.