Elections in Germany: Social Democrats and Conservatives neck and neck, the SPD calls for the formation of the government

Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats and Chancellor’s Conservatives are neck and neck in the legislative elections, according to early polls on Sunday evening that pave the way for the end of the Merkel era.

The conservative CDU-CSU union, led by Amin Laschet, would obtain 25%, like the Social Democrats, according to an exit survey for the public channel ARD. The SPD is slightly ahead, with 26%, the CDU-CSU, at 24%, according to another poll for the ZDF channel.

Olaf Scholz future chancellor?

The Social Democrats are however demanding the formation of the next government, announced their Secretary General, Lars Klingbeil. “We have the mandate to form a government. (The head of the list) Olaf Scholz will become chancellor, ”he said.

Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats have for their part recognized “bitter losses” of votes in their legislative results, according to their Secretary General Paul Ziemiak.

The Greens and their candidate Annalena Baerbock, a favorite time of the ballot, miss the boat with, according to these polls, between 14 and 15%. Little reason for satisfaction: they beat their record in 2009, when they obtained 10.7% of the vote, and are up six points compared to 2017.

The Liberals of the FDP, fourth with around 12%, appear to be the “kingmakers” essential for building a future coalition.

The far right of the AfD, whose entry into the Bundestag was the main highlight of the previous election in 2017, confirms its roots in the German political landscape. But with between 10 and 11%, this Islamophobic party undermined by internal conflicts, is down slightly compared to four years ago (12.6%).

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