Germany: Parties at a glance

Parties in comparison

Post-materialistic way of life
Socialist
Capitalist
Traditional way of life

Explanation of the chart

The graph shows the economic orientation of the parties on the X-axis from left to right. The further left, the more actively the state should intervene via taxes, regulations and redistribution. The further to the right, the less the state should intervene.

On the Y-axis from top to bottom, the parties are categorized according to their life models. The further up a party, the more it prioritizes liberal lifestyles over traditional views and material goods. The further down, the more a party aligns itself with traditional lifestyles and sees the state as the moral authority for living together.

Data was collected through the 2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey by more than 400 policy experts. Party positions may change over time. Therefore, the chart serves only as an overview and cannot make statements about specific political topics.

Ryan Bakker, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Gary Marks, Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Marco Steenbergen, and Milada Anna Vachudova. 2020. “2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey.” - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

SPD

Social Democratic Party of Germany

SPD (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands) is a center-left party and currently represented in parliament with 206 MPs. The party advocates liberal lifestyles, wants more government intervention in the economy, and favors financial redistributions from rich to poor.

Current polls show SPD at 18.9. That's a loss of -6.8 compared to the last election.

Name Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Translation Social Democratic Party of Germany
Group in the EU Parliament S&D
Seats in parliament 206 / 735
Current poll value 18.9 (-6.8 since last election )
Political orientation Centre-left
Government Part of the government
Core topics
  • Advocates liberal lifestyles
  • More government intervention in markets/economy
  • Redistribution from rich to poor
  • More investment in public services
All information at a glance: SPD

CDU/CSU

Christian Democratic Union of Germany

CDU/CSU (Christlich Demokratische Union / Christlich-Soziale Union) is a center-right party that is currently represented in the parliament with 197 MPs. The party wants more free world trade, advocates consistent crime fighting, and wants tax cuts.

In current polls, CDU/CSU is getting 28.3% of the vote - an increase of +4.2 since the last election.

Name Christlich Demokratische Union / Christlich-Soziale Union
Translation Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Group in the EU Parliament EPP
Seats in parliament 197 / 735
Current poll value 28.3 (+4.2 since last election )
Political orientation Centre-right
Core topics
  • Against multiculturalism
  • Free world trade
  • Strict crime control
  • Tax cuts
All information at a glance: CDU/CSU

Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Alliance ’90/The Greens

Bündnis 90/Die Grünen is a green party and currently represented in parliament with 118 MPs. The party advocates liberal lifestyles, has a dream of an open world without borders, and puts environmental protection above economic interests.

Compared to the last election, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen scores an increase of +4.6 and comes in at 19.4%.

Name Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Translation Alliance ’90/The Greens
Group in the EU Parliament Greens
Seats in parliament 118 / 735
Current poll value 19.4 (+4.6 since last election )
Political orientation Environment & Climate
Government Part of the government
Core topics
  • Advocates liberal lifestyles
  • Open world without borders
  • Environmental protection more important than economic growth
  • Open-minded immigration policy
All information at a glance: Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

FDP

Free Democratic Party

FDP (Freie Demokratische Partei) is a liberal party and currently represented in parliament with 92 MPs. The party wants tax cuts, wants less government intervention in the economy, and rejects further redistribution from rich to poor.

Current polls show FDP at 6.4. That's a loss of -5.1 compared to the last election.

Name Freie Demokratische Partei
Translation Free Democratic Party
Group in the EU Parliament RE
Seats in parliament 92 / 735
Current poll value 6.4 (-5.1 since last election )
Political orientation Liberal politics
Government Part of the government
Core topics
  • Tax cuts
  • Less government intervention in markets/economy
  • Against redistribution from rich to poor
  • Free world trade
All information at a glance: FDP

AfD

Alternative for Germany

AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) is a right-wing party that is currently represented in the parliament with 82 MPs. The party advocates strict immigration policy, wants a strong nation-state, and advocates consistent crime fighting.

The Office for the Protection of the Constitution classifies the federal AfD party as well as various state associations as so-called extremist suspects.

In current polls, AfD is getting 13.8% of the vote - an increase of +3.5 since the last election.

Name Alternative für Deutschland
Translation Alternative for Germany
Group in the EU Parliament ID
Seats in parliament 82 / 735
Current poll value 13.8 (+3.5 since last election )
Political orientation Right-wing
Core topics
  • Against multiculturalism
  • Strict immigration policy
  • Strong nationalism
  • Strict crime control
All information at a glance: AfD

Die Linke

The Left

Die Linke is a left party that is currently represented in the parliament with 39 MPs. The party wants more government intervention in the economy, wants more regulation of markets, and favors financial redistributions from rich to poor.

In the current election trend, Die Linke reaches 4.9% of the votes.

Name Die Linke
Translation The Left
Group in the EU Parliament Left
Seats in parliament 39 / 735
Current poll value 4.9 (0 since last election )
Political orientation Left-wing
Core topics
  • More government intervention in markets/economy
  • More regulation of markets
  • Redistribution from rich to poor
  • More investment in public services
All information at a glance: Die Linke

Südschleswigscher Wählerverband

Southern Schleswig Voters' Association

Südschleswigscher Wählerverband is a regional interest party that is currently represented in the parliament with 1 MPs.

Name Südschleswigscher Wählerverband
Translation Southern Schleswig Voters' Association
Seats in parliament 1 / 735
Political orientation Regional interests
All information at a glance: Südschleswigscher Wählerverband

Bayernpartei

Bayernpartei

Bayernpartei is a center-right party from Germany.

Name Bayernpartei
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Centre-right
All information at a glance: Bayernpartei

BÜRGERBEWEGUNG

Civic movement for progress and change

BÜRGERBEWEGUNG (Bürgerbewegung für Fortschritt und Wandel) is a party of undefinable orientation from Germany.

Name Bürgerbewegung für Fortschritt und Wandel
Translation Civic movement for progress and change
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Transversal
All information at a glance: BÜRGERBEWEGUNG

Bündnis 21

Bündnis 21

Bündnis 21 is a party of undefinable orientation from Germany.

Name Bündnis 21
Translation Bündnis 21
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Transversal
All information at a glance: Bündnis 21

Bündnis C

Bündnis C – Christen für Deutschland

Bündnis C (Bündnis C – Christen für Deutschland) is a party from Germany.

Name Bündnis C – Christen für Deutschland
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: Bündnis C

Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität

Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität

Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität is a party from Germany.

Name Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität

DKP-DRP

Deutsche Konservative Partei – Deutsche Rechtspartei

DKP-DRP (Deutsche Konservative Partei – Deutsche Rechtspartei) is a right-wing party from Germany.

Name Deutsche Konservative Partei – Deutsche Rechtspartei
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Right-wing
All information at a glance: DKP-DRP

Demokratie in Bewegung

Demokratie in Bewegung

Demokratie in Bewegung is a party from Germany.

Name Demokratie in Bewegung
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: Demokratie in Bewegung

Die Grauen

Die Grauen – Für alle Generationen

Die Grauen (Die Grauen – Für alle Generationen) is a party from Germany.

Name Die Grauen – Für alle Generationen
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: Die Grauen

Die Humanisten

Partei der Humanisten

Die Humanisten (Partei der Humanisten) is a party from Germany.

Name Partei der Humanisten
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: Die Humanisten

Die PARTEI

Party for Labour, Rule of Law, Animal Protection, Promotion of Elites and Grassroots Democratic Initiative

Die PARTEI is a satire party from Germany.

Name Die PARTEI
Translation Party for Labour, Rule of Law, Animal Protection, Promotion of Elites and Grassroots Democratic Initiative
Group in the EU Parliament Greens
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Satire
All information at a glance: Die PARTEI

Die Urbane

Die Urbane. Eine HipHop Partei

Die Urbane (Die Urbane. Eine HipHop Partei) is a party from Germany.

Name Die Urbane. Eine HipHop Partei
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: Die Urbane

Freie Wähler

Free Voters

Freie Wähler is a center-right party from Germany.

Name Freie Wähler
Translation Free Voters
Group in the EU Parliament RE
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Centre-right
All information at a glance: Freie Wähler

Gartenpartei

Gartenpartei

Gartenpartei is a party from Germany.

Name Gartenpartei
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: Gartenpartei

Gesundheitsforschung

Partei für Gesundheitsforschung

Gesundheitsforschung (Partei für Gesundheitsforschung) is a party from Germany.

Name Partei für Gesundheitsforschung
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: Gesundheitsforschung

Gleichheitspartei

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, Vierte Internationale

Gleichheitspartei (Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, Vierte Internationale) is a party from Germany.

Name Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, Vierte Internationale
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: Gleichheitspartei

III. Weg

The Third Way

III. Weg (Der Dritte Weg) is a far-right party from Germany.

Name Der Dritte Weg
Translation The Third Way
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Far right
All information at a glance: III. Weg

LIEBE

Europäische Partei LIEBE

LIEBE (Europäische Partei LIEBE) is a party from Germany.

Name Europäische Partei LIEBE
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: LIEBE

LKR

Liberal-Conservative Reformers

LKR (Liberal-Konservative Reformer) is a center-right party from Germany.

Name Liberal-Konservative Reformer
Translation Liberal-Conservative Reformers
Group in the EU Parliament ECR
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Centre-right
All information at a glance: LKR

Lobbyisten für Kinder

Party for children, youth and families - lobbyists for children

Lobbyisten für Kinder (Partei für Kinder, Jugendliche und Familien - Lobbyisten für Kinder) is a party of undefinable orientation from Germany.

Name Partei für Kinder, Jugendliche und Familien - Lobbyisten für Kinder
Translation Party for children, youth and families - lobbyists for children
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Transversal
All information at a glance: Lobbyisten für Kinder

MENSCHLICHE WELT

Menschliche Welt – für das Wohl und Glücklichsein aller

MENSCHLICHE WELT (Menschliche Welt – für das Wohl und Glücklichsein aller) is a party from Germany.

Name Menschliche Welt – für das Wohl und Glücklichsein aller
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: MENSCHLICHE WELT

MLPD

Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany

MLPD (Marxistisch-Leninistische Partei Deutschlands) is a far-left party from Germany.

Name Marxistisch-Leninistische Partei Deutschlands
Translation Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Far left
All information at a glance: MLPD

NPD

Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands

NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands) is a far-right party from Germany.

Name Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Far right
All information at a glance: NPD

Partei des Fortschritts

Party of progress

Partei des Fortschritts is a party of undefinable orientation from Germany.

Name Partei des Fortschritts
Translation Party of progress
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Transversal
All information at a glance: Partei des Fortschritts

Piratenpartei

Pirate Party Germany

Piratenpartei is a left party from Germany. The party advocates more civil liberties, advocates liberal lifestyles, and has a dream of an open world without borders.

Name Piratenpartei
Translation Pirate Party Germany
Group in the EU Parliament Greens
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Left-wing
Core topics
  • More civil liberties
  • Advocates liberal lifestyles
  • Open world without borders
  • Open-minded immigration policy
All information at a glance: Piratenpartei

Team Todenhöfer

Team Todenhöfer - The Justice Party

Team Todenhöfer (Team Todenhöfer – Die Gerechtigkeitspartei) is a party of undefinable orientation from Germany.

Name Team Todenhöfer – Die Gerechtigkeitspartei
Translation Team Todenhöfer - The Justice Party
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Transversal
All information at a glance: Team Todenhöfer

Tierschutzallianz

Allianz für Menschenrechte, Tier- und Naturschutz

Tierschutzallianz (Allianz für Menschenrechte, Tier- und Naturschutz) is a party from Germany.

Name Allianz für Menschenrechte, Tier- und Naturschutz
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: Tierschutzallianz

Tierschutzpartei

Partei Mensch Umwelt Tierschutz

Tierschutzpartei (Partei Mensch Umwelt Tierschutz) is a animal rights party from Germany. The party stands for an open-minded immigration policy, puts environmental protection above economic interests, and wants less government intervention in the economy.

Name Partei Mensch Umwelt Tierschutz
Group in the EU Parliament Greens
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Animal Protection
Core topics
  • Open-minded immigration policy
  • Environmental protection more important than economic growth
  • Less government intervention in markets/economy
  • Advocates liberal lifestyles
All information at a glance: Tierschutzpartei

UNABHÄNGIGE

Unabhängige für bürgernahe Demokratie

UNABHÄNGIGE (Unabhängige für bürgernahe Demokratie) is a party from Germany.

Name Unabhängige für bürgernahe Demokratie
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: UNABHÄNGIGE

V-Partei³

V-Partei³ - Partei für Veränderung, Vegetarier und Veganer

V-Partei³ (V-Partei³ - Partei für Veränderung, Vegetarier und Veganer) is a party from Germany.

Name V-Partei³ - Partei für Veränderung, Vegetarier und Veganer
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: V-Partei³

Volt

Volt

Volt is a center-left party from Germany.

Name Volt
Translation Volt
Group in the EU Parliament Greens
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Centre-left
All information at a glance: Volt

die Basis

Basic Democratic Party Germany

die Basis (Basisdemokratische Partei Deutschland) is a party from Germany.

Name Basisdemokratische Partei Deutschland
Translation Basic Democratic Party Germany
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Unknown
All information at a glance: die Basis

ÖDP

Ecological Democratic Party

ÖDP (Ökologisch Demokratische Partei) is a green party from Germany.

Name Ökologisch Demokratische Partei
Translation Ecological Democratic Party
Group in the EU Parliament Greens
Seats in parliament 0 / 735
Political orientation Environment & Climate
All information at a glance: ÖDP

Frequently asked questions & answers

Where is the data from?

The data was collected as part of the 2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey. As part of this, more than 400 policy experts assessed the positions of major parties. All parties represented in either the national parliament or the EU parliament at the time of the survey were considered. Parties' positions may change over time and differ from the values presented.

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