The election pushes Germany into a battle of nerves 3

The election pushes Germany into a battle of nerves 3

The close results in the general election left Germany facing a turbulent period, as candidates competed for leadership to replace Merkel.

According to preliminary vote counting results from the German Election Commission today, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) won the general election with 25.7% of the vote, higher than the Christian Democratic Party (CDU).

The Green Party came third with 14.8%, while the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won 10.3% of the vote.

Due to winning but not winning an absolute majority in the general election, the SPD will have to form a coalition with another party to form a new government and choose who will lead Germany after 16 years of Merkel’s rule.

Green Party supporters watched the election results on September 26.

This is the reason why German Deputy Prime Minister Olaf Scholz, the SPD party’s prime ministerial candidate, and CDU’s opponent Armin Laschet both declared leadership rights, starting the race to find partners to form a governing coalition.

The election also attracted the attention of Western allies, as uncertainty in German internal politics could obscure the country’s role in the world, as well as leave a leadership vacuum in Europe.

Laschet, 60, and Scholz, 63, both affirmed the goal is to build a new government before Christmas.

`Scholz and Laschet both want to take power. The battle of wits has begun: Who holds the better cards,` Bild newspaper asked after the election.

The fractured political environment in the post-Merkel era and the tightness in the vote share could create a three-party governing coalition, ending the tradition of two-party coalition governments maintained since 1945 until now.

Scholz and Laschet will look to the Green party and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) to win the necessary majority in parliament.

The election pushes Germany into a battle of nerves

SPD leader Olaf Scholz waves to supporters at party headquarters in Berlin on September 26.

Green party chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock still left open the possibility of a coalition, saying `it’s time for a new start for Germany`.

FDP leader Christian Lindner proposed a dialogue with the Green party before starting discussions with the SPD and CDU.

Meanwhile, Laschet created a sense of urgency when he said that Germany needs a government capable of taking action before assuming the G7 presidency next year.

Neither the SPD nor the CDU want to recreate the alliance between the left and right factions that appeared during Merkel’s three terms.

No party wants to align with the AfD because the immigration issue, which it pursues, has disappeared from the agenda.

Chancellor Merkel will continue in office until negotiations to form a coalition government are completed.

To date, Mrs. Merkel is still the most supported politician in Germany.

However, Merkel’s legacy may be affected by the CDU’s poor results in the election on September 26, when her party won less than 30% of the vote for the first time in more than 70 years.

`Merkel’s absence causes a lot of damage,` said CDU member Alfons Thesing.

Many countries will also remember Merkel, as she led the European Union (EU) during years of instability due to the financial crisis, soaring immigration, Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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