Germans will go to the polls next year on September 26 to elect a new government, if it is up to Minister Horst Seehofer of the Interior.
The only alternative is September 19, but the federal states and political parties opt for the 26th. It is President Frank Walter-Steinmeier who has to make the formal decision.
Federal elections should not coincide with school holidays and should take place on a Sunday or national holiday, Seehofer said.
With those limitations, only two dates remained. Germany is obliged to organize a new ballot box 46 to 48 months after the last Bundestag elections.
The elections must reveal who will lead Germany until 2025. The current Chancellor Angela Merkel (66), head of government since 2005, is not going for a new term.