The preliminary results are available; The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) narrowly won the Bundestag election on September 26 and ended Angela Merkel’s 16-year conservative chancellorship in Germany.
Since Merkel took office in 2005, the SPD has claimed a â€œclear mandateâ€ to lead the government. While Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Germany, was well on its way to receiving 24.5% of the forecast votes, the SPD won 26.0%.
The German expert and chief economist of the Berenberg Bank, Holger Schmieding, said: “After possibly lengthy ‘exploratory talks’, these two parties will either join forces to find Olaf Scholz (SPD leader) or – somewhat less likely – Armin Laschet (from CDU / CSU) to the Chancellery. “
63-year-old Olaf Scholz, referred to as “simply spoken” by The Economist, is Merkel’s likely successor. He would be the fourth post-war chancellor after Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt and Gerhard SchrÃ¶der. Scholz is not only Federal Minister of Finance and SPD candidate, but also currently Vice Chancellor. He has held this office since 2018 as part of the â€œgrand coalitionâ€ between Merkel’s conservatives and the SPD.
Since the vote ends in such a narrow victory and neither party takes a majority of the votes home, the most likely outcome will be a tripartite alliance between parties led by either the SPD or the CDU. In addition to their coalition partner, the Christian-Social Union, both the SPD and the CDU have expressed interest in coalition negotiations for the formation of a new government; In addition to the formation of new coalition governments, this process also includes the decision on Merkel’s successor.
The close split means that the Greens and the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) are likely to be kingmakers with 14.8% and 11.5% of the vote, respectively. This means that these two parties will have great political influence on the decision of future leadership.
Angela Merkel has won the constituency of Vorpommern-RÃ¼gen – Vorpommern-Greifswald I for years, but the latest results have handed over the role to a politician from the SPD. Merkel has held contingency for 30 years and has continuously won the seat since it was founded in 1990.
Anna Kassautzki, who won the seat with 24.3% of the vote, helped improve her party’s performance by 12.7 percentage points, according to the Guardian. It comes from Merkel’s historical rival. Merkel’s designated successor Georg GÃ¼nther came second with 20.4% of the first votes.
Kassautzki was born in Heidelberg in 1993 and was 27 years old at the time of the election. She is the district leader of the Young Socialist Movement and also works at the University of Greifswald as the head of a service team for family support.
The 27-year-old describes herself as a committed feminist and as inspired by social justice. Her victory in winning the direct mandate leads many to think that her victory signaled a change of power in northeast Germany; This is supported by the fact that the SPD has succeeded in turning every constituency in the federal states of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as well as victories in the state elections in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Berlin.