CDU

The CDU (Christian Democratic Union of Germany), currently the largest party in Germany, is often referred to as the "People's Party" or "Volkspartei". The CDU was founded in 1945. Together with the CSU and the SPD, they currently hold the federal government and the Chancellor's post.

The CDU is oriented towards a market economy and also stands for traditional Christian values.

The party is associated with the colour black.

CSU

The CSU (Christian Social Union) is the "sister party" of the CDU- and together, they are referred to as the "Union". In elections, the CSU runs in Bavaria and the CDU in the remaining 15 federal states.

The CSU has similar objectives as the CDU, but is more conservative and more traditional and fights primarily for the interests of the state of Bavaria.

The colour of the CSU is blue.

SPD

Founded in the 19th century, the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) is the oldest party in Germany. It is also known as "People's Party" ("Volkspartei") and is currently in the federal government together with the CDU/CSU.

The SPD advocates social justice and is close to the worker unions.

Red is the colour of the SPD.

Alliance 90/The Greens

The Alliance 90/The Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grüne) was founded in 1993. It is an amalgamation of the West German party "Die Grünen", (founded in 1980) and the East German party "Bündnis 90" (founded in 1991). The Greens developed from various social movements such as the anti-nuclear movement, the peace movement and the environmental movement -and the "Alliance 90" party was composed of multiple civil rights movements in East Germany.

The party is primarily committed to environmental protection and social issues.

From 1998 to 2005, "Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen" was involved in the federal government. They have been part of the opposition in the Bundestag since 2005.

The colour of the party is green.

FDP

The FDP (Free Democratic Party) was founded in 1948. It is a relatively small party, but has often been involved in the federal government and mostly works with the CDU/CSU. In the 2013 federal election, the party suffered an enormous defeat and - for the first time in its history - did not get any seat in parliament. Since 2017, FDP has been present in the German parliament (“Bundestag“) as an opposition party.

The FDP is committed to a liberal market economy and a simple tax system.

The colour of the party is yellow.

The Left

The Left Party was founded in 2005. It emerged from SED, which was a GDR party known as PDS (Party of Democratic Socialism) and a split-off of the SPD. It is a small party, especially popular in the eastern German states. Despite its strong presence in local, state and federal politics, the left was never managed to become part of a government in the Bundestag. However, it has been an opposition party in the parliament (Bundestag) without interruption since 2005.

The left Party stands for social justice and peace.

The colour of the party is red, but it is often shown as dark red or purple.

AfD

The AfD (Alternative for Germany) was founded in 2013 as a protest party against the established ones. It is represented in all state parliaments and has been the largest opposition party in parliament ("Deutscher Bundestag") since 2017.

The AfD is a right-wing populist party. It opposes the European Union and the admission of refugees. The party regularly makes headlines as many of its members stand out due to extreme right-wing statements and membership in far-right groups. Due to its political disposition, large parts of the AFD are under the surveillance of the Federal Constitutional Court ("Bundesverfassungsgericht").

The colour of the AfD is blue.