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Olaf Schulz, winner of the SPD leader in Germany: “The people want a change of government”

Olaf Schultz receives flowers a day after voting (Reuters)

Social Democratic candidate Olaf Schulz, whose party narrowly led Germany’s Sunday legislatures, said on Monday the conservatives should move to the opposition after they finished second.

CDU and CSU (which make up the conservative coalition) not only lost votes, but also received a message from citizens that they should not be in the government but in the opposition.He confirmed from his party headquarters Schultz, who also claims to form an executive coalition.

The Germans ‘want to have a change of government and […] They also want to name the next chancellor, Olaf Schultz.”, had confirmed hours ago.

In Germany, it is not the electors who directly elect the head of government, but the deputies, once a majority is formed. But this time a majority is particularly difficult to form, as three parties must come together – the first time this has happened since the 1950s – due to the vote fragmentation.

The SPD is expected to win 25.7% of the vote, according to preliminary results published Monday on the Electoral Commission’s website. The conservative alliance between the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian ally, the CSU, led by Armin Laschet, will get 24.1%, the worst result in its seven-decade history. The Green Party appears in third place with 14.8%, followed by the liberal FDP with 11.5% and the far-right Alternative for Germany with 10.3%.

Schulz, 63, and Lachette, 60, both said they plan to form a government before Christmas.

Armin Laschet will try to negotiate the formation of a government (Reuters)
Armin Laschet will try to negotiate the formation of a government (Reuters)

“The voters have spoken very clearly,” Schultz said Monday. “They strengthened three parties: the Social Democrats, the Green Party, and the Liberal Democrats, then this is the visible mandate given by the citizens of this country: These three parties should lead the next government“.

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In this sense, the candidate for the post of chancellor has confirmed it These three parties “have enough overlaps” to form a coalition, although he indicated that talks for this should take place with “pragmatism and calm.”

This process of determining the new government could plunge the first European economy into a prolonged period of political paralysis while negotiations between the parties continue.

After the last election, in 2017, it took more than six months to reach an agreement and form the current grand coalition of Conservatives and Social Democrats.

For the Christian Democrats, “the losses are bitter,” admitted Paul Zimack, the CDU’s number two. His party never fell below 30% of the vote. In 2017, it reached 32.8%.

Who will have the key to the government?

The Greens, led by Annalina Barbock, who appeared for some time as candidates, You have enough support to influence the definition of the next government.

In a similar way, The Liberals of the FDP They have had enough support to hold the key to the government and become an inescapable actor in a future alliance.

For their part, the far-right Alternative for Germany party, whose entry into the Bundestag in the 2017 elections was widely commented on, will confirm its continuation in the Political Council of Germany. But with between 10% and 11% of the vote, the Islamophobia party, weakened by its internal problems, will score a slight setback compared to the previous elections (12.6%).

If the trend is confirmed, Schulz may be in a position to succeed Merkel and unleash the “change” he promised at the end of his campaign.

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The Greens retain the possibility of an alliance with both the SPD and the right wing, noting that what they want, above all else, is to strengthen their platform to combat climate change.

(With information from AFP and Europa Press)

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