It has been election season ever since I arrived here on August 26th.  There was a single high-profile debate and the newspapers have been talking about the election quite a bit, but the campaign posters and billboards around town have been by far the most visible signs that yes, Germans will soon be headed to the polls.

Here are photos of a few of the on-street campaign visuals that I’ve seen, in no particular order:

German campaign sign posted on streetlamp

German campaign sign posted on streetlamp

German campaign billboard

German campaign billboard

German campaign signs posted on streetlamp

German campaign signs posted on streetlamp

Last Thursday on my way home, I stumbled upon an actual political rally featuring one of the two top candidates for Chancellor (i.e. prime minister), Peer Steinbruck from the social-democratic party SPD. Here are two videos plus some photos to give you an idea of the setting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6okF7r536Qs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luwVCAlDWiM

Peer Steinbruck speaks at Alexanderplatz rally a few days before German election

Peer Steinbruck speaks at Alexanderplatz rally a few days before German election

Peer Steinbruck speaks at Alexanderplatz rally a few days before German election

Peer Steinbruck speaks at Alexanderplatz rally a few days before German election

All was quiet (and materials were being packed up) a few hours after the rally ended

All was quiet (and materials were being packed up) a few hours after the rally ended