After the close samples and the publication of the full results, the political situation in Germany is beginning to become clear. The Christian Democratic ruling party (CDU), which suffered a historic defeat (24.1% of the vote) but initially announced it would try to form a coalition, has in the last day made slight reservations about this position. This paves the way for attempts to form a “traffic light coalition” – the Social Democrats (SPD) who won the election (with 25.7% of the vote) along with the Greens (14.8% of the vote) and the Liberals (11.5%).
“Olaf Schultz (the Social Democratic candidate) has the best chance of becoming chancellor,” Marcus Zeder, head of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, publicly acknowledged in a speech yesterday. He congratulated Schultz on the victory. Other senior members of the party that ruled Germany for most of its existence also called for “understanding the magnitude of the discrimination” before attempts to form a government in parallel with the Social Democratic attempt to do so. Armin Lasht, however, the conservative candidate who lost the election reportedly said he “does not intend to stop and try to form a coalition”.
In any case, the ball is now in the court of the two parties needed to form a coalition – the Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP, Liberals), which will begin “exploratory talks” today. On the face of it, both parties have conflicting demands. The first requires raising taxes, taxing the rich, running a deficit to turn the economy and industry into ecologies, increasing welfare payments and more; The second defined its “red lines” as “not to raise taxes” and “not to deepen the deficit.” Also on welfare issues, the party, which is on the economic right, and a substantive division with greens.
Despite this, the two parties are “eager” to enter the coalition and change the reality in Germany, after many years in opposition. The question of whether it will be possible to form a coalition that the media calls “eco.liberal” is at the center of the discussions between them, which are taking place even before the “exploratory talks” with the Social Democrats, which are expected to begin on Friday.
Within the Green Party, criticism has surfaced after it was reported that if the party joins the coalition, Robert Habakkuk will be the one to serve as deputy chancellor, not the leading candidate Annelna Barbuk. Dust referred to the things and said that it was “irrelevant” to discuss them at the moment. The dust will fight for the role of finance minister vis.à.vis FDP leader Christian Lindner in such a possible coalition.
Annelna Barbuk / Photo: Associated Press, Michael Kappeler
In the televised debate following the publication of the samples, Barbock noted her willingness to compromise in order to enter government. “Obviously we will have to compromise. If we had received more than 50% of the vote we could have implemented our policy one by one, but that is not the case,” she said. She reiterated that Greens would join the “Climate Coalition”.
Schultz reiterated his confidence that a coalition could be formed at the head of the Social Democratic Party, saying that the three parties, all of which had won great support compared to the previous elections, had the mandate to form a government. “I am optimistic: with the help of pragmatism and a willingness to cooperate, a coalition can be formed,” he tweeted. The large industrial workers’ organization, IG Metall, also called for the formation of a “traffic light coalition”.
At the end of the vote count, it appears that the upcoming Bundestag in Germany will number 735 seats, the largest ever (because of the electoral system in Germany), compared to 709 in the outgoing one. The number of women legislators will also be the highest, with a rate of 35% of members of parliament, compared to 31% in the outgoing parliament. The Green Party holds the record for the highest percentage of women – 58%. The Di Linke party, which did not pass the blocking percentage but entered parliament due to a direct election in three districts, stands behind it with 54%.
Calls to dismiss Ashet
Within the Conservative Party, voices are mounting to oust Lasht, criticizing him for the election loss. At an internal meeting of the party, the faction deputy said: “We live in parallel worlds: in one we talk about forming a government, but our base talks about the historic defeat.” She called on Lasht to “take responsibility.”
Armin Lasht, Christian Democrat Union candidate / Photo: Associated Press, Michael Sohn
Lasht reportedly apologized for the mistakes that led to the loss, but made it clear that he intended to try and form a “Jamaica” coalition with the Liberals and Greens. He said at the meeting that he had received “encouraging signs” from both parties.