Germany’s election on Sept. 24, the biggest of this year’s series of votes in Europe, isn’t just about who wins the chancellorship. At least as important is which combination of parties is able to form the next government after the results are in. With no party having won an outright majority since 1957, Germany has a long tradition of coalition governments, which require the parties involved to mesh conflicting positions and agree on a policy platform. This year may be even more complicated because the number of parties in parliament looks likely to increase from four to six.Here are the regularly updating party standings according to the Bloomberg composite of German elections polls, which uses a rolling average of six major German likely-voter surveys.
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