German elections: defeated leader Laschet battles on in bid to form coalition

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With the tenacity of a loser reluctant to accept his party’s crushing electoral defeat, Conservative Party leader Armin Laszt on Monday shrugged off his long hopes of finding a way to power to lead the next German government. pressured with – in spite of ridicule and criticism from within even his own defeated rank.

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Even though the centre-left Social Democrats, led by Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz, defeated the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) in the ballot box for the first time in 19 years, going back to 1949 for only the third time in 20 post-war elections. , Lechet said he would nonetheless seek to form a three-party coalition with two smaller parties – pro-environmental Greens in third place and pro-business Free Democrats in fourth.

Lechette’s refusal to give up and his unorthodox grab for power may be reminiscent of Donald Trump’s courtroom and public battle to remain president in the United States after he lost last year’s presidential election. Yet Lasset’s attempt to remain in power despite his party’s worst result to date is perfectly legal in Germany and even exemplified.


“We’ve got a clear mandate and we will try to form a government under a conservative leadership,” Lashet said late on Sunday, even though his CDU/CSU finished with 24.1% and trailed the SPD (25.7%). Gaya. Result – a drop of 8.8 percentage points from the last election in 2017. According to a report, he told conservative party leaders at a test meeting in a closed room in Berlin on Monday. image Newspaper, that they should keep trying to form a three-way government as the opposition can damage the party. “Olaf Scholz is not the king.”

In his left-wing party, the centrist finance minister Scholz brought the long-suffering Social Democrats back from the dead with an impressive, if colourless, campaign that stole a page from retired Chancellor Angela Merkel’s playbook – keep calm, stay fuzzy and Don’t shake the boat. The SPD had fallen to 14% in opinion polls a year earlier when Scholz volunteered to run – for the amusement of friends and foes – how could a party with 14% support ever dream of winning chancellor? According to voter polls, the SPD was still in third place five weeks ago, before rising rapidly to the top – in part due to blunders by Laschet and Greens candidate Annalena Berbock.

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Scholz rejected Lasset’s claims for power, saying that his SPD was the clear winner of the election. He said he felt there was a mandate to try to form a three-party government with the Greens and the FDP. The Greens rose 5.9 percentage points to 14.8% and the FDP rose 0.8 points to 11.5%.

“It is quite clear that we have got the mandate to form a government with the parties that saw an increase in their share of the vote in this election – the SPD, the Greens and the FDP,” Scholz told party supporters in Berlin. He later responded to Lachette’s alleged “king” comments: “Parties that have lost elections should not try to form a government.”

It’s a good idea to first see if the two farthest parties on the political spectrum can look to see what’s possible.

Robert Habeck, Co-Chair of the Greens

The leaders of the Greens, co-chair Robert Hebeck and FDP chairman Christian Lindner, said they had already begun informal talks about whether and with whom they would seek to form a coalition. While they have never been in federal government together and are fierce rivals for the same kind of electorate – often urban and well-educated who are especially popular among younger voters – both parties realize they now have the key to power. Is. The Greens are particularly eager to return to the government as they have been in opposition since 2005, while the FDP has been in the political jungle since 2009.

“The parties that want Germany to move away from the status quo are the Greens and the FDP – and that is why the next government is likely to find a progressive center with each other first to see if It makes sense for us to do.” Lindner said.

Hebek told another press conference: “It’s a good idea to first see if the two parties differ across the political spectrum to see what’s possible.”

When West Germany had only three parties, the SPD managed to form a government with the FDP twice, even though the CDU/CSU had the bulk of the vote – in 1976, 1980 and 2002 because the smaller FDP was the kingmaker. The SPD has preceded the CDU/CSU only twice in post-war election history: in 1972 and 1998. The SPD managed to form a government with the Greens in 2002, despite falling behind the CDU/CSU – thanks. The strength of the Greens, who in 2002 went far beyond the FDP to make the SPD-Greens alliance possible.


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