SPD wins German parliamentary election

The SPD won the parliamentary elections in Germany. The centre-left party accounted for 25.7 percent of the vote, keeping the CDU/CSU tight ly ahead of the CDU/CSU. The Conservatives eventually achieved 24.1 percent. The Greens finished in third place 14.8 percent.

The SPD rose for the first time in years and The Greens even got the best result in their history. The CDU/CSU dropped to an absolute low after 16 years of Chancellor Angela Merkels reign. The Conservatives have never been able to gather such a small percentage of votes. Compared to four years ago, they lost a whopping 8.8 percentage points.

The liberal party FDP won light and came out at 11.5 percent, the right-populist AfD lost 2.3 percentage points and ended at 10.3 percent of the vote. Die Linke dropped to 4.9 percent and ended up below the 5 percent electoral threshold.

Change

Olaf Scholz, the leader of the SPD, reacted delighted on Sunday night as his party in the exit polls went ahead. He then said that a large proportion of voters want him to become Germanys new Chancellor. โ€œOf course I am happy with the election results,โ€ Scholz said in Berlin on Sunday night. According to him, the expected result was a โ€œgreat successโ€ for the SPD. โ€œCitizens want change,โ€ Scholz said in an interview with ARD. โ€œThey want the SPD candidate to be the next Chancellor. You can see that very clearly in the polls, but also in the election results.โ€ From that result, Scholz draws โ€œstrength to form a government as soon as possible.โ€

With several other smaller parties doing well, negotiations to form a viable coalition are likely to take a long time. The thoughts therefore go back to 2017, when it took Germany five and a half months to form a new government.

The most obvious is a coalition of the SPD, the Greens and the liberal FDP, preferred by the SPD leader. However, the Liberals would prefer to enter the government with the CDU/CSU. Another option that played was a government of SPD, The Greens and Die Linke. But this is no longer possible because the latter party has failed to reach the electoral threshold.

Internal battle

In an emergency, there is still the possibility of another major coalition between the CDU/CSU and the SPD, as in 2017, which led to a bitter internal battle within the SPD at the time. With Scholz as Chancellor, the sentiment within the SPD could be different, but it certainly wont lead to cheers among the Social Democrats. CDU/CSU leader Armin Laschet, on the other hand, did not rule out the possibility during the campaign.

AfD

The AfD has become the largest party in the eastern German state of Thuringia. After a first count of the votes cast in the national elections on Sunday, right-wing populists stand at 24.0 percent of the vote. The centre-left SPD accounts for 23.4 percent, the CDU reaches 16.9 percent spot three.

Die Linke, the party to which Regional Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow belongs, dropped to 11.4 percent of the vote. The FDP Liberal Party is 9.0 percent and the Greens 6.6 percent. The turnout in Thuringia was roughly 74.9 percent compared to that in 2017

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in Saxony, right-wing populists have won the most votes from all parties and are the biggest, just as in 2017. Four years ago, AfD achieved 27 percent there, now the party accounted for 24.6 percent of the vote.