German Social Democrats have regained control of national affairs, which they have been waiting for for more than a decade and a half, after four terms of Angela Merkel’s control of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU).
The narrow but decisive lead after Sunday’s election makes their prime minister candidate, Olav Schortz, a child of an unpredictable campaign comeback. Perhaps remembering his mentor’s so bullish claim to the Prime Minister, Schortz rarely used the word “win” on a cautious victory lap. Instead, he talks about “a clear mission to form a government” and “listens carefully” to Free Market Liberal Democrats and the Green Party to build a red, yellow, and green “Traffic Light” coalition. Promise (three party colors) to take control as soon as possible and lead to victory in SPD.
It emphasizes the agreed nature of German politics and the need to be great in order to form a lasting governing alliance. But there is little doubt that the man named “Scholzomat” because of his bloodless language will bring back glory.
As Markel left the stage, her party struggled to find a compelling reason for voters to choose the fifth phase of the Centerlight Rule. About 1.4 million votes were transferred directly to the SPD, but the CDU also lost support for the Greens. Many new SPD voters are socially conservative and elderly people,Mutty The times are clearly more drawn to stable Schortz when dull than Armin Rachette, the boss of the local party.
German voters, who voted shortly before the election, said they preferred Schortz as prime minister by a 4: 1 difference over Rachette.
However, Schortz’s intention remains a mystery to many Germans. He started his political career from the left side, but experienced “political detox” (in his words) and emerged as a bridge builder and trader. As the party’s secretary-general, he overcame a fierce storm of welfare reform that alienated many leftists. Originally an employment lawyer, he was Mayor of Hamburg from 2011 to 2018, skillfully handling scratched labor unions, penny pinch developers, and a powerful local Ninby lobby, with many German left-wing species. I won praise for overhauling the dock area. With a background as an employment lawyer, he headed to Hamburg, the mayor from 2011 to 2018. In the meantime, he has won praise for overhauling the seedy dock area, skillfully handling scratched labor unions, penny pinch developers, and the powerful local Ninby lobby. Open the magnificent Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall.
Despite his success in the city, in 2019 he lost a divisive party contest for left-wing male and female duo leadership before bouncing back and becoming a candidate for prime minister. “Shortz’s wisdom is that he was able to convince the wings of the party who are fundamentally distrustful of him that he could do better than them in the election,” said one longtime. Allies say.
Sunday’s results show that a man who campaigned as a continuation candidate after Merkel’s year is psychological in the competition where a dull nostram is formed, such as “German finance minister is, first and foremost, finance minister.” It means reassuring that you have the benefits of the government.
However, the slander believes he will be a “troy horse” and has no control over the leftward economic drift of his party. The most vibrant reaction he gave throughout the contest was GQ Question, when asked what he can do better than Mercel. “row [Hamburg] “Jogging in Ulster and Potsdam,” the 63-year-old woman replied, suggesting that the Schortz-led government would at least have more energy than the apparently tired Merkel.
Still, even veteran negotiators like Scholz will find it difficult to unite the coalition to agree on terms. German Greens does not automatically sympathize with the old heavy industry party, but has a regional experience of partnering with Centerlight. Liberal Democrats are wise coalition balancers who drive fierce negotiations on financial issues approaching the stagnant German economy.
The two small parties open courts on both sides to gain additional leverage. However, the raw percentage figures for this election tell a good story for stable-legged soldiers who seized the opportunity to calm down and shine as Team Merkel prepares to leave the Prime Minister’s residence. ..
If a man who was once ridiculed by his rivals as a “smiling smurf” is laughing a little wider these days, it’s because he won it.
Ann McElboy is a senior economist editor. Her podcast on Mercel’s successor is available here.