The most important election of the key state of the E.U. is taking place tomorrow, September 24,2017, and the US mainstream media is giving it scant coverage. The elections are important because the results will direct or influence German geostrategic policy and orientation for the years to come
There are many parties in Germany: the Christian Democratic Union of chancellor Merkel, the Social Democratic Party, Der Link Party or the Left Party, the Free Democratic Party, the Greens, and the Alternativa fur Deutschland, aka an Alternative for Germany.
The Christian Democrats or CDU are leading. They may win plurality of the votes but no majority. The Social Democrats may gain plurality but no majority. Minor parties may play key roles in coalitions that may be formed which would govern Germany.
All minor parties are important, but two of them specifically. The Free Democrats of the right who formed many postwar coalitions with C.D.U. that ruled Germany. The other minor party is the Alternativa for Deutschland, or AfD considered extreme right with no members in the Bundestag, but is third in the polls.
Whatever garnitura comes to rule Germany, if Alternaiva fur Deutschland wins seats in the Bundestag, it will become the most vocal opposition party in all of Germany. The AfD will demand an end to the US occupation of Germany, a modus vivendi with Russia, and the right to join the one belt,one road arrangement with China. Trade by rail system over Afro-Eurasia will avoid a possible US sea blockade. All this will be anathema to US geostrategic interests.
German elections are very important for the E.U. and the US.