The timeframe for the formation of the new post-Merkel government in Germany is likely to be very long. According to the projections of 18.48 of the first German television channel Ard, it is head to head between the SPD at 24.9% and CDU-Csu at 24.7% (for Christian Democrats this is the worst result in history). The Greens are given at 14.8% (down from expectations on the eve of around 16-17%), the liberals get a decent result and are at 11.2, the Afd (right) does not go beyond 11.3, while Linke, a radical left, risks being left out of the Bundestag and is at 5%. The other parties collectively collect 8.1 per cent.
Turnout in the Bundestag elections held today in Germany would be 76 or 78 percent. The first value was published by the German polling institute Infratest dimap and marks a decline of 0.2 percent compared to the 2017 federal parliament elections. The second result was elaborated by the German opinion polling institute Wahlen and records an increase 1.8 percent compared to five years ago.
Germany, Die Welt: 1.4 million CDU votes passed to Spd compared to 2017 – Based on the first data emerging from the elections in Germany, according to Die Welt, compared to 2017 the CDU loses 1.4 million voters by giving them to the SPD, a million by giving them to the Greens and 340 thousand by giving them to the liberals FDP. Also according to Die Welt, the SPD’s increase in votes comes not only from the conservative bloc but also from the radical left of Die Linke, which allegedly yielded about 600,000 votes to the Social Democrats.
Germany, Olaf Scholz: voters want me chancellor – “It will be a long evening, that’s for sure, but it is also sure that many voted for SPD and many voted for Olaf Scholz to be the next chancellor”: so Olaf Scholz himself, Social Democratic candidate for the Chancellery in the first speech after the first results elections for the renewal of the Bundestag. I welcome with a long applause that almost prevented him from starting to speak, the SPD exponent spoke of a “great success” in the election: “I’m happy with the result”
Germany: CDU, possible coalition with Verdi and Fdp – The exit polls released after the closing of polling stations in Germany “show that a CDU / CSU-Verdi-FPD (Liberal Democratic Party) coalition is possible: said the general secretary of the CDU, Paul Zemiak, quoted by Reuters.
Germany, Laschet: We will do everything possible for a conservative-led government – “We will do everything possible to create a government under the leadership of the Union”, that is, of the conservative bloc CDU-CSU. Thus Armin Laschet, conservative candidate for the chancellery in Germany, after the first results were released following the closing of the polls. “Germany now needs a coalition for the future that can modernize the country, a coalition for greater resilience,” added Laschet.
Germany, Verdi: Clear preference for coalition with Spd – There remains “a clear preference for a coalition with the SPD”. This was stated by the Secretary of the Greens Michael Kellner after the first exit polls of the German federal elections. Previously, the CDU secretary had stated that a ‘Jamaica’ coalition with the Greens and the Liberals was possible.
Liberals, we prefer coalition with CDU but open to others – “We want to participate in the government. We are ready for talks.” This was stated by the federal vice president of the FDP, Wolfgang Kubicki, on Ard TV. “Our preference for the Jamaica coalition (with CDU-CSU and Verdi, ed) is obvious, but the party is also open to others”, he clarified, adding however that “tonight we will celebrate” for the good result in today’s elections in Germany.
GERMANY: DIE LINKE, ‘A DISAPPOINTING EVENING FOR US’ – “This is a disappointing evening for us today, this is very clear”. This was declared, commenting on the results of the vote, by Dietmar Bartsch, co-president of the Die Linke party in the Bundestag, speaking with Ard. “The fact is that we no longer represent the interests of the East. If we are discredited as unable to govern, then this scares many, especially in the East.”