Center-Left SPD Outperforms Merkel’s Conservative CDU, Preliminary Results Show


The center-left Social Democrats led by Olaf Scholz narrowly defeated Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in Sunday’s vote to decide his successor, preliminary results showed. The result marked an all-time low for the CDU, in one of the most unpredictable elections in Europe’s largest economy in decades.

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Transgender women win seats in German parliament

Two green politicians have made history by becoming the first transgender women to win seats in the Bundestag, the German parliament.

Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik represented the “Grünen” party, which came third in the elections and is destined to play a key role in building a new tripartite coalition government.

“It is a historic victory for the Greens, but also for the trans-emancipatory movement and for the entire queer community,” Ganserer, 44, told Reuters, adding that the results were a symbol of an open and tolerant society.

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“Stoplight” or “Jamaica”?

Will it be a red-green-yellow alliance, known as the “traffic light” coalition, or a black-green-yellow alliance, named after the Jamaican flag? Our international affairs editor, Armen Georgian, speaks to us through the color-coded politics of Germany.

12:25 am Paris time

Scholz promises continuity in transatlantic relations

A government led by Olaf Scholz would offer the United States continuity in transatlantic relations, the SPD leader told reporters.

“The transatlantic partnership is essential for us in Germany and for a government that will be led by me. You can therefore rely on continuity on this issue,” said the SPD chancellor candidate.

“It is important that we understand each other as democracies and that we see that in a world that is becoming more dangerous it is important that we work together, even if we have conflicts on one issue or another,” Scholz added.

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After the Merkel era, a plunge into the unknown

With approval ratings of up to 80 percent, Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves office with support that leaders around the world can only envy. But his popularity was not enough to lead his conservative bloc to victory on Sunday.

Next, German journalist Leo Klimm looks at what a post-Merkel Germany would look like and what lessons French politicians could learn ahead of next year’s presidential elections.

10:53 am, Paris time

CDU-CSU Union Falls Below 31% For The First Time

Sunday’s results mark the first time that the CDU and its Bavarian partner, the CSU, have fallen below 31 percent in a national election. Preliminary results give them only 24.1 percent, behind the Social Democrats with 25.7 percent.

The Greens took 14.8 percent, the Free Democrats (FDP) 11.5 percent and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) 10.3 percent, a decrease of 12.6 percent that it was needed to enter parliament for the first time in 2017. The new parliament is the Left Party, which got only 4.9 percent of the vote.

A look at the top five parties from Sunday’s election. 

9:35 am Paris time

Scholz of the SPD claims the mandate to form a coalition with the Greens and the FDP

SPD leader Olaf Scholz has called for a mandate to form a pro-business government with the Greens and the FDP, pointing to his preferred partners in what would be Germany’s first ruling three-way coalition. The Social Democrat said German voters had told the conservative CDU / CSU of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel that it was time to go to the opposition after 16 years in power.

“The voters have spoken very clearly. They said who should form the next government,” Scholz said. “They strengthened three parties, the Social Democrats, the Greens and the FDP, and therefore that is the clear mandate that the citizens of this country have given: these three must form the next government.”

Next, François Picard on the challenges faced by the so-called “traffic light coalition” (red-green-yellow) between the three parties.

8:59 am, Paris time

The mayor of Paris congratulates the leader of the SPD

Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris and likely candidate of the Socialist Party in next year’s French presidential elections, has expressed her support for Olaf Sholz of the SPD, whom she “hopes” will be the next German chancellor.

Hidalgo praised the German Social Democrats for running up a deficit at the polls with a progressive campaign. In particular, he highlighted the party’s promise to raise the minimum wage and drive a transition to a greener economy.

Tout mon soutien à @OlafScholz qui sera, je l’espère, le prochain Chancelier. During this belle campagne, the SPD will leave the predictions thanks to an ambitious program: revaluation of minimal salary, plan for the logement, mutation of the economic face to the climatic emergency.

– Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) September 26, 2021

7:47 am Paris time

Business-friendly PDF returns to potential king-maker role

Eight years after losing all its seats in parliament, the resurgent FDP is set to regain its role as the traditional king-maker of German politics after garnering 11.5 percent of the vote, according to preliminary official results, which makes him a likely partner in the future. form alliance.

FDP leader Christian Lindner has signaled his preference for a “Jamaica” coalition with the CDU-CSU and the Greens, named after the black, green and yellow colors of those parties, but has not ruled out a constellation of “traffic lights” with the SPD and the greens.

Lindner has suggested speeding up the process by first sitting down with the Greens, who are not the FDP’s natural bedmates, before speaking to the two biggest parties.

7:15 am Paris time

SPD’s Scholz to begin probing potential coalition partners

Social Democrats’ chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz has said he hopes to reach a coalition agreement before Christmas, although his conservative rival Armin Laschet says he could still try to form a government despite finishing second. Under German electoral rules, the first-place party is not guaranteed a role in the next government if other parties have a better chance of forming a coalition.

The parties will begin probing each other on Monday about possible alliances in informal discussions. To secure a majority in parliament, the SPD is likely to seek a tripartite alliance with the Greens and the FDP, although the two parties could also partner with the Conservatives.

5:15 am Paris time

Preliminary official results: SPD leads with 25.7%, CDU / CSU with 24.1%

The German Federal Returns Officer (Bundeswahlleiter) has published the first preliminary results of the German elections, with results from all 299 electoral districts. The results closely follow the latest exit polls, giving the Social Democratic SPD a clear but narrow 1.6-point lead (775,812 votes) over the conservative CDU-CSU. However, both parties are far from a majority, which could mean lengthy talks, as each seeks to convince potential partners to join their side and form a governing coalition.

SPD: 25.7% (+5.2 from 2017)

CDU-CSU: 24.1% (-8.9)

Greens: 14.8% (+5.8)

PDF: 11.5% (+0.7)

AfD: 10.3% (-2.3)

Die Linke: 4.9% (-4.3)

Preliminary results published by the German federal officer (Bundeswahlleiter). © Bundeswahlleiter



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