Head to head between the SPD candidate Olaf Scholz and the challenger of the CDU Armin Laschet: the projections arriving an hour and a half after polling stations close in Germany confirm the expectations of the eve, with the two main parties to fight for the first position and no clear winner. For the Zdf the SPD is ahead with the 25,7% and the CDU-CSU follows the 24,6%. The Greens are given to 14,4%, the liberals (Fdp) to11,7, l’AfD all’10,7, la Linke al 5%, the minimum percentage that allows you to enter the Bundestag. The elections that mark the end of the era of Angela Merkel, confirm that Germany is a crossroads: can go to a government on the left, with the Spd e i gave in government together with the liberals (the coalition “stoplight“), Or the more conservative and rigorist axis (CDU-liberals) allied with the Greens in the so-called Jamaica coalition. The other hypothesis is yet another re-edition of the Big coalition, which, however, has for now been excluded from both.
A slight advantage for the Social Democrats, a minimal gap, but the mood is opposite for Spd e Cdu. The Conservatives, lost Angela Merkel, they get the worst result of their history. “Do not we are satisfied“, Laschet had to admit when he spoke, after thanking the chancellor – who was at his side – for the 16 years of government of the country. Opposite climate among the Social Democrats: “I am happy with the result,” said Scholz. “It’s going to be a long night, but it’s still clear that citizens want a change and that the next chancellor is called Olaf Scholz“, He clarified. The euphoria is palpable for a party that has not won the elections since 2002.
The Social Democrats claim the role of winners and ask for the chancellor, also strengthened by the result of the Greens, who have not broken through but confirm the third force of the country. A result “fantastic“Said the candidate Annalena Baerbock. “We have a mandate for the future,” added Baerbock, saying that Germany needs a “government of the weather“. An executive that the Greens would like to form together with the SPD, as the secretary clarified and reiterated Michael Kellner.
But Laschet, while admitting a negative result, claimed the possibility that “we can create a government under the leadership of the Union “. “Germany now needs one coalition for the future that it can modernize the country, a coalition for greater resilience, ”he said from the stage. The CDU wants to remain in the government and its secretary Paul Ziemak immediately re-launched the hypothesis of one Jamaica coalition which excludes the Social Democrats: “There is the possibility of a future alliance with gave e free“. The Fdp is the other party that will now be courted by the SPD and the CDU: “We want participate to the government. We are ready for talks “, said the federal vice president of the FDP, Wolfgang Kubicki. “Our preference for the Jamaica coalition (with CDU-CSU and Verdi) is obvious, but the party And open also to others ”, he clarified, adding however that“ tonight we will celebrate ”for the good result in the elections.
Comparison with 2017 – The previous federal elections were held on September 24, 2017. The CDU / CSU Union still led by Merkel obtained the 33%, the SPD just stopped at 21% of votes. AfD became the third party with the 12,6%, while the Fdp obtained the 10,7% of votes. The other parties that obtained representation in the Bundestag were The left e gave, both with the 9% of votes. Out of the 709 total seats of the Bundestag, the CDU / CSU obtained 246 (200 for the CDU and 46 for the CSU), Spd 153, AfD 94, Fdp 80, Die Linke 69, and Verdi 67.
Laschet’s gaffe – The case unleashed by Laschet, candidate for chancellor of the Cdu-Csu, which according to the polls will engage the Social Democratic challenger in a head-to-head, Olaf Scholz. The conservative premier of North Rhine Westphalia voted for Aachen, ma bent the card wrong in the urn: in the usual photo, his are clearly seen two crosses for the CDU. A reason for embarrassment but also for controversy, because many have argued that his vote was thus invalid. Then came the clarification of the federal electoral office on Twitter: “A politician known at the federal level voted according to the waited for his party. An influence on the elections cannot be detected ”, it reads. In any case, for Laschet this is the umpteenth gaffe during the election campaign, such as laughter during the speech of the head of state, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, for the victims of the flood. All smooth on the other hand for the candidate Spd Scholz, who voted for Potsdam, just outside Berlin. The same city where the candidate Chancellor of the Greens also voted, Annalena Baerbock.
Chaos in Berlin – In Germany it was called “Superwahlsonntag” because some local votes are added to the national elections. In particular in Berlin, where he also voted for the Mayor, for the Regional Parliament and for the referendum on expropriation of the apartments in the hands of the giants of the real estate sector. They registered in the capital from the early afternoon long queues even an hour to vote and the city-state electoral commission has made it known who will still be queuing at the closing of the polling stations will be able to enter. But the real chaos broke out in the last two hours of voting, because in some seats in the districts Friedrichshain / Kreuzberg e Charlottenburg / Wilmersdorf they are even over ballot papers ahead of schedule.