After 16 years, Germany’s Social Democrats finally beat Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats in September polls. If a left-led government comes in power, will it change much in the EU?
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 result of the elections on Sunday is unpredictable, and many coalition options are already on the table. Talks between parties after the results are expected to take a while.
As the death toll rises to nearly 205, the ruling CDU party is facing stiff opposition for neglecting early warnings from climate experts, dimming its electoral prospects in the September federal polls.
The CDU under new party chief Armin Laschet wins between 35 and 36 percent of the vote, exit polls show, with the anti-immigration AfD between 22.5 and 23.5 percent.
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.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Union bloc has been hit over the past two weeks by allegations that two lawmakers profited from deals to procure masks early in the coronavirus pandemic.
The elections come as the CDU looks ahead to a congress in December when it must choose a new leader.
Merkel's Christian Democrats remained the largest party in Saxony but saw their vote share drop by 7.4 points from the last election in 2014 to 32 percent, with the far-right Alternative for Germany coming second, preliminary results showed.
The German government has shown a new level of engagement with Muslims, but calls for a “German Islam” and mosque taxes raise questions about Germany’s future plan for the Muslim minority, and what role the German Islam Conference will play.
German conservative Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer secures over 51 percent of the party's vote.
There are twelve applicants for Angela Merkel's job. The CDU will now organise an internal election to determine who will lead Germany's conservative political wing for the years to come.
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