Germany has slipped into a period of political unpredictability after the Social Democrats’ narrow win in general elections left it facing a rival claim to power from outgoing Chancellor Merkel’s conservative camp.
The German vote produced the most fragmented parliament in the country’s history, a clear sign that some are clamouring for change. But it also shows reluctance to steer too radically from convention.
Both Social democrats (SPD) and CDU/CSU bloc on track for 25 percent of vote in German election, exit polls showed.
Activist Greta Thunberg at Fridays for Future climate rally ahead of Germany's elections on Sunday says, "Voting only will not be enough. We must keep going into the streets."
A full 42 percent of viewers say Social Democratic Party’s Scholz, who is also Germany’s vice chancellor, won the debate, with Christian Democratic Union’s Laschet lagging with 27 percent and Greens’ Baerbock at 25 percent.
Recent polls show the race for the federal election on September 26 are heating up as current Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party loses popularity for the first time in 15 years.
Days of heavy rain turned normally minor rivers and streets into raging torrents this week and caused the disastrous flooding that swept away cars, engulfed homes and trapped residents.
Armin Laschet wins backing of Angela Merkel’s conservatives alliance as Bavaria governor Markus Soeder bows out of race to be the group’s candidate for Germany’s chancellor in a September election.
Senior CDU members have expressed “clear support” for party head Armin Laschet to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel when she retires after more than 16 years on September 26.
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented the Order of Merit to Ozlem Tureci and Ugur Sahin, whose families were migrants of Turkish origin, at a ceremony held at the Bellevue Palace, which was also attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Armin Laschet, regional premier who positioned himself as heir to Chancellor Angela Merkel's centrist course, is elected new leader of Christian Democrats, placing him in pole position to become Germany's next chancellor.
The elections come as the CDU looks ahead to a congress in December when it must choose a new leader.
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