The most important dates in 2021

In the new year, only the election dates are certain – the others depend on the course of the coronavirus. Read here about the existing plans.

In 2017, the CDU won the federal election with Angela Merkel.
In 2017, the CDU won the federal election with Angela Merkel. picture alliance / Michael Kappeler/dpa

Democracy never sleeps, not even during the coronavirus crisis. That’s why a few dates in 2021 can be banked on. The elections will take place. Not so certain are the other dates; a lot depends on the development of the corona pandemic.

The federal election

Not only Germany is looking to September 26th with great expectation. On that day, the country will elect a new Bundestag. Its members will in turn elect a Federal Chancellor, who, for the first time since 2005, will not be called Angela Merkel. The present Chancellor has taken herself out of the running.

A voting booth may be entered by only one person at a time.
A voting booth may be entered by only one person at a time. picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild

Several state elections

Continuing with politics, some federal states will hold elections. In Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg (both on March 14), Thuringia (postponed to September 26) and Saxony-Anhalt (June 6), citizens tune up for the big one on September 26. On that day, the state parliament in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the Berlin House of Representatives, which corresponds to the state parliament, will also be elected.

The European Football Championship

When fans dream, it looks like this: national players cheer a victory.
When fans dream, it looks like this: national players cheer a victory. picture alliance / GES/Marvin Ibo Güngör

Few things inspire as many Germans as does the national football team. Unless the team plays as badly as they did at the last World Cup. Then the following applies: There few things so many Germans get angry about as much as they do about the national football team. From June 11 to July 11, the new European champion will be sought in twelve cities, eleven European and one Asian.

The Federal Horticultural Show

It’s so green: the shrub bed at the State Horticultural Show at Kamp-Linfort in 2020.
It’s so green: the shrub bed at the State Horticultural Show at
Kamp-Linfort in 2020.
picture alliance/dpa

It lasts from April to October, the time that plants are growing and the flowers are in bloom: the Federal Horticultural Show. Every two years, gardeners exhibit what nature and their endeavours at cultivation have to offer. In 2021, Erfurt will host the show, which after the Oktoberfest in Munich (September 18 to October 3), and along with the “Kiel Week” (June 19 to 27), a sailing week with a harbour festival, is one of the biggest tourist events of the year.

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