Once a coalition is agreed upon, the newly elected parliament will hold a vote to approve the new chancellor.
Unlike in the UK, the parliamentary leader is not automatically the leader of the party who secured the largest amount of votes.
Technically German MPs vote for their chancellor, but this will undoubtedly be the leader of the coalition.
Which parties will likely form the next coalition parliament in Germany?
Currently, three parties believe they could win enough seats to become the winning party.