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Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats narrowly defeated outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc in national elections, giving them an edge in a hard-fought race to determine which EU has the strongest economy and the most Who will succeed the leader of a populated country?

While there were no major winners in Sunday’s elections, there was one clear defeat – Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) – which had its worst performance in history. The party, which runs on a joint ticket with its Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), won 24.1% of the vote. preliminary official result, Down from about 33% in the last national elections in 2017.


The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) trailed Merkel’s party by 1.6 points. SPD’s 25.7% finish was a five-point gain from 2017.

After the election results in Germany, the Social Democrats took control of Merkel’s party

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With Sunday’s election on, another contest is now underway – a battle for a coalition by the top two parties to succeed Merkel, who has served 16 years running Germany and who has served as the country’s first female chancellor. As history is made.

The Germans did not actually vote for the chancellor in the election. Instead, he cast ballots for a local MLA and his favorite party.

German elections to the Bundestag – the country’s legislature – are run on a system of proportional representation, meaning that each party’s vote share is directly related to how many seats in parliament. This principle makes it almost impossible for a party to run the government alone. Instead, a coalition should be formed after the vote.

It would likely take at least three parties to form a governing coalition, and the post-election political currency has begun.

Social Democrats candidate Olaf Scholz, the outgoing chancellor and finance minister who pulled his party out of a year-long recession, said the result was “a very clear mandate to now ensure that we have a good, workable future for Germany.” Keep the government together.”

But Merkel’s party said it would also contact smaller parties to discuss government formation, while the chancellor would remain in the caretaker role until a successor is sworn in.

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Armin Lashet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state and the chancellor for Merkel’s union bloc, acknowledged that “it is a loss of votes that is not beautiful,” but pledged “we will do whatever it takes to form a government”. We will do it under the leadership of the Sangh.

Both Lachette and Scholz would attract the same two sides: the environmentalist Greens, who finished third with 14.8%; and Pro-Business Free Democrats, who took 11.5% of the vote. The Greens traditionally lean toward the Social Democrats and the Union toward the Free Democrats, but neither refuses to go the other way.

Another possible outcome is the least favorite – the continuation of a grand coalition between Merkel’s conservative union and the SPD that has been running the country for the past eight years.

In this July 15, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.  The United States and Germany have reached an agreement that would allow a controversial Russian gas pipeline in Europe to be completed without further US sanctions, a senior US official said on Wednesday, July 21.

Whoever becomes chancellor will have a daunting task to replace Merkel – who has worked with four US presidents – George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump and now Joe Biden – during her tenure.

Under Merkel’s watch, Germany is known as the de facto leader of the European Union, and the chancellor will be remembered as a pragmatic leader with the ability to keep his job by making political compromises.

And Merkel – in Germany, Europe and around the world – has earned a reputation as an honest broker and a reliable partner.

Associated Press material was used in this report