Winner Scholz: voters gave SPD, Greens and FDP mandate

German chancellor candidate and SPD leader Olaf Scholz wants to form a government with the Greens and the Liberal FDP as expected. The two sides, like his SPD yesterday, came out as the winner in the parliamentary elections.

โ€œThe voters were clear,โ€ Scholz said at the Berlin Party Office of the centre-left SPD. โ€œThey have made three sides bigger – the SPD, the Greens and the FDP – and that is a clear mandate they have given, that these three should form the next government.โ€

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applause from fellow parties and with a bunch of flowers in hand, Scholz said that for the conservatives of the CDU/CSU it is โ€œtime after sixteen years to step up and enter the oppositionโ€.

CDU/CSU leader Armin Laschet believes that no party has the mandate to form a new government. โ€œOnly the person who can bridge opposites can become Chancellor,โ€ he says. Laschet said last night that hes ready to run a government.

For many German voters, it is not clear what their new government will look like in the future:

The Greens and the FDP are not sure they can be in a government together. FDP leader Christian Linder and second man of the Greens Robert Habeck find a conversation between both parties meaningful. โ€œIn social, fiscal and financial and political issues, we really face each other.โ€

A coalition with the SPD is preferred by Habeck, but is not a foregone case. He might also be able to rule with CDU/CSU. For Lindner, thats the other way around.

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The SPD received 25.7 percent of the vote in yesterdays Bundestag election. The CDU/CSU of Armin Laschet and outgoing Chancellor Merkel recorded the worst nationwide result in its history with 24.1 percent.

The Greens achieved the best result ever at 14.8 percent. The FDP followed 11.5 percent and the right-wing populist AfD 10.3 percent. Those Linke fell by 4.9% below the electoral threshold, but the district system has at least three delegates secured a seat in the Bundestag.