German Social Democrats try to recapture 'Schulz effect'. 6/25/17, PM CET. Merkel has largely dodged SPD attacks ahead of the elections. Her rival wants. Armin Laschet (second right), regional leader of the Christian Democratic Union in North Rhine-Westphalia, receives flowers from German. Germany is set to hold its federal election on Sunday September The election is taking place in late September to avoid the school holidays. Megaman 3 rom ast week France, next month Britain. COM has chosen English as your language setting. A guide to Germany's possible coalitions German parties rarely emerge from an election with an absolute majority. The exact date of the election is chosen by the President  and must be a Sunday or public holiday. Martin Schulz's chances worsen, as poll numbers slide and The Left party seems to rule out a coalition. Your comments are currently being pre-moderated why?