No party won a decisive majority as Germany’s election results began to focus on Monday, but the losers were clear. Angela Merkel is a Christian democracy.
After taking power for 16 years under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, they lost nearly 9 points in voting share, winning only 24.1 percent of the vote. It was the worst show in party history and the elections marked the end of the German and European era.
The Social Democratic Party defeated Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union by 1.6 percentage points, according to preliminary official results reported earlier Monday. Their candidate, Olaf Scholz, claimed that the party had scored 5 points and 25.7% of the votes since 2017, empowering it to form the next government.
At least three political parties were needed to form a government, and both the Social Democratic Party and the Christian Democratic Party planned to hold competing talks to do so.
Already on Monday, Germany saw a political stance begin as both parties sought partners for a potential government.
Forming a coalition can take weeks, if not months, and Europe’s largest democracy is at a critical moment when the continent is still struggling to recover from a pandemic. It remains stagnant in limbo. We are facing our own split elections next spring.
For more than a decade, Merkel was not only the German Chancellor, but also the de facto European leader. She piloted nations and continents through a series of crises, in the process helping Germany become a major European nation for the first time since World War II.
Cheers broke out at the Social Democratic Party headquarters when the exit poll was announced on Sunday evening. After a while, the supporters said, “Olaf! Olaf!” Their candidate, Olaf Scholz, went up on stage and spoke to the crowd.
“People have checked the SPD checkbox because there is a change of power in this country and they want the next prime minister to be called Olaf Scholz,” he said.
The campaign has proven to be the most volatile in decades. Merkel’s candidate for the Christian Democratic Union, Armin Laschet, has long been considered a leading candidate until a series of failures exacerbated by his own unpopularity eroded his party’s leadership. rice field. Mr Scholz was fully counted before his stable persona led his party to a spectacular 10-point comeback. And Greens, who led the polls early and easily, fell short of expectations, but recorded the best results ever.
Rachette appeared at party headquarters an hour after the polls ended, declared the results “unclear,” and vowed to form a government even if the party came in second.
The progressive and environmentalist Greens made significant profits compared to the 2017 election, but did not get a viable shot at the Prime Minister’s Office.
At the outskirts of the political spectrum, alternative for Germany (AfD) support for the far right seemed almost unchanged, but left-wing parties reached the 5% threshold needed to win parliamentary seats. It looked like it was hovering.