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  • Angela Merkel

    Party: Christian Democratic Union (CDU)

    Born: July 17, 1954 ()

    From: Hamburg

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    Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany. She is the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), one of the two major parties in Germany. Merkel announced her decision to run again as Chancellor on November 20, 2016. She got re-elected as the leader of the CDU on December 6, 2016 with 89,5 per cent of the party members voting for her.

  • Sigmar Gabriel

    Party: Social Democratic Party (SPD)

    Born: September 12, 1959 ()

    From: Goslar

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    Sigmar Gabriel is the current Vice Chancellor of Germany. He also serves as the Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. He is the chairperson for the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The SPD will announce their candidate late in January 2017.

  • Martin Schulz

    Party: Social Democratic Party (SPD)

    Born: December 20, 1955 ()

    From: Hehlrath

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    Martin Schulz is the current president of the European Parliament. He assumed his position in 2012. Schulz announced his decision not to run for a third term on November 24, 2016. He explained that he seeks to be part of the German Bundestag in the future. He could be the SPD’s candidate as Chancellor for the general election 2017. The SPD will announce their candidate late in January 2017.

  • Cem Özdemir

    Party: The Greens/Alliance ‘90

    Born: December 21, 1965 ()

    From: Bad Urach

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    Cem Özdemir is co-chairperson of The Greens. The Greens will announce their top candidates late in January 2017. All party members are asked to vote for their favourite candidate.

  • Robert Habeck

    Party: The Greens/Alliance ‘90

    Born: September 2, 1969 ()

    From: Lübeck

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    Robert Habeck is a member of the Landtag in Schleswig-Holstein (regional government). He is one of the four candidates the Greens can vote for as their top candidate for the general election 2017.

  • Anton Hofreiter

    Party: The Greens/Alliance ‘90

    Born: February 2, 1970 ()

    From: Munich

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    Anton Hofreiter is the current party whip for the Greens in the Bundestag together with Katrin Göring-Eckardt. He has been a member of the Bundestag since 2005.

  • Katrin Göring-Eckardt

    Party: The Greens/Alliance ‘90

    Born: May 3, 1966 ()

    From: Friedrichsroda

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    Katrin Göring-Eckardt is the current party whip of The Greens in the Bundestag together with Anton Hofreiter. She has been Vice President of the German Bundestag from 2005-2013. She is one of the Greens' top candidates for the general election in 2017.

  • Sahra Wagenknecht

    Party: The Left

    Born: July 16, 1969 ()

    From: Jena

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    Sahra Wagenknecht is the current chairperson of The Left together with Dietmar Bartsch. She is a member of the German Bundestag.

  • Dietmar Bartsch

    Party: The Left

    Born: March 31, 1958 ()

    From: Stralsund

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    Dietmar Bartsch is one of the two current chairpersons of The Left. He is a member of the German Bundestag.

  • Christian Lindner

    Party: Free Democratic Party (FDP)

    Born: January 7, 1979 ()

    From: Wuppertal

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    Christian Lindner is the leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). The party currently has no seats in the Bundestag as they didn’t meet the 5% hurdle in the last general election in 2013.

  • Björn Höcke

    Party: Alternative for Germany (AfD)

    Born: April 1, 1972 ()

    From: Lünen

    Björn Höcke is a party whip for AfD Thuringia. He could be the party’s Chancellor candidate for the general election in 2017.

  • Frauke Petry

    Party: Alternative for Germany (AfD)

    Born: June 1, 1975 ()

    From: Dresden

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    Frauke Petry is the current chairwoman of Alternative for Germany (AfD). She could be the party’s top candidate for the general election in 2017.

  • Serdar Somuncu

    Party: The Party

    Born: June 3, 1968 ()

    From: Istanbul, Turkey

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    Serdar Somuncu is a German writer, actor and comedian with Turkish heritage. Somuncu was announced as the top candidate for The Party on January 6, 2016. The Party is a satirical party founded by the editors of the German satirical magazine “Titanic”.

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