The vice-chancellor who emerged victorious from the consultations: “Voters have expressed their will in a clear way: SPD, Greens and Liberals must lead the new government”. According to an official provisional tally announced this morning by the Federal Electoral Commission, Scholz’s party is at 25.7%, while Laschet’s coalition at 24.1%. The Christian Democratic Union loses almost 9 percentage points compared to the 2017 result
“A great success for the SPD, for which I am very grateful. The voters have expressed their will very clearly: they have strengthened the SPD, the Greens and the Liberals. And these three must lead the new government”, while “CDU and CSU not only have they lost many votes, but they have also received the message from the voters that now they will no longer be able to stay in government, but will have to go to the opposition “. Olaf Scholz said this in Berlin, commenting on the victory of the Social Democratic party in the parliamentary elections in Germany, the first consultations after Merkel. According to an official provisional tally announced this morning by the Federal Electoral Commission, the party of Olaf Scholz, German vice-chancellor, is at 25.7%, ahead of the conservatives of Armin Laschet’s CDU / CSU coalition, who are still at 24.1%. Angela Merkel’s CDU loses almost 9 percentage points compared to the 2017 result and achieves the worst result in its history. The Greens came in third place with 14.8%, followed by the liberal Fdp party with 11.5%. CDU and SPD want the new coalition to be formed before Christmas. This is what Scholz and Laschet made clear during Elefanten Runde, the talk show on public TV channels with candidates from all parties (ELECTIONS IN GERMANY, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW – THE REACTIONS OF THE VOTERS AND THE PARTY LEADER).
Scholz’s satisfaction and Laschet’s disappointment
Germany, how parliament is formed and how the chancellor is appointed
The polls closed at 6pm yesterday. Over 60 million voters called to vote. “I am happy with the result and that the townspeople have decided that the SPD will take share everywhere, it is however clear that the citizens want a change, and that the next chancellor is called Olaf Scholz”, said Scholz himself in Berlin. commenting on the first election results in Germany. Among the conservatives of the Union, however, Armin Laschet took the floor to curb the enthusiasm of the SPD: too soon, he warned. “The result for now is not clear at all. We will make every effort to form a Union-led government.” The CDU leader had to admit that “he cannot be happy with the result”. Symbolic of the crash of the CSU in Bavaria, the party of Markus Soeder, twin of the CDU in the Munich region, stopped at 31.7%, the worst result since 1949 (29.2%).
Greens and Liberals also cheer
Elections in Germany, the reactions of political leaders and voters
Beyond the relations of forces within the parties, it is clear, however, that Scholz’s SPD is celebrating great success after years of disappointment, just like Annalena Baerbock’s Greens, which also had very different initial expectations. Baerbock, while claiming a “historic success”, admitted that “this time it was not enough to conquer the chancellery” but “we have a mandate for the future. We would have liked more. But we took the field to participate in the government of the country. And we will continue to fight for climate governance “. Liberal Christian Lindner also exulted: “A clear signal comes out of the polls, the voters want a central government.” In the balance of the next coalition, the FDP leader left the door open both for a ‘traffic light’ coalition (with SPD and Verdi) and for the so-called ‘Jamaica’, with Union and Greens, the one he would prefer.