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.
Both Social democrats (SPD) and CDU/CSU bloc on track for 25 percent of vote in German election, exit polls showed.
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.
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.
After two days of heated debate, lawmakers voted 62-51 in the 120-member assembly in favour of the new government led by Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, 46. Seven members were absent.
Vote counting began in Switzerland's federal elections, seeing political promise for green party candidates in the traditionally conservative state.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives and her Social Democrat partners agreed a carbon price for energy used in buildings and transport in line with the existing European Union emissions trading scheme.
A large number of Finns no longer seem happy with centrist politics, so they are gravitating toward angry, hate-spewing politicians.
Germany's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he was expecting lower tax revenues that regularly exceeded expectations and weaker growth in 2019 as headwinds from trade frictions hamper exports.
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.
The coalition government agreed to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen following accusations that he harboured far-right views but the deal unravelled. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer also refused demands to dismiss Maassen.
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