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PostGermany's Parliamentary Elections: SPD Victorious; Scholz Seeks Coalition (Patrick Mears, -Germany, 09/28/21 2:18 pm)
John E asked me off-Forum about Germany's Parliamentary elections of September 26th.
I don't wish to pass the buck here, but right now there is uncertainty as to what coalition, if any, will result from the political machinations and infighting that are going on right now in Germany. There appears to be significant disputes within some of the parties who could conceivably be in a coalition government as a result of this election, namely the CSU and the Greens. However Marcus Söder, the leader of the Bavarian-based CSU which is in a political coalition with the CDU, formally accepted today the victory of Olaf Scholz of the SPD as the new Chancellor of Germany. The Alternative for Deutschland Party (AFD), which gathered about 10% of the vote in the recent election. is not a viable coalition partner for anyone due to its right-wing ideology. The left party, Die Linke, failed to win the required 5% of the national vote to earn a place in the Bundestag.
As it stands right now, it appears to me that the probable result at the end of the day will be that the SPD, Greens and FDP (Free Democratic Party) will likely form a coalition government with Olaf Scholz as Chancellor. I suspect that the issue that will cause the most heartburn along the way will be who will fill the role of Vice-Chancellor in such a coalition: Annalena Baerbock of the Greens, Robert Habeck of the Greens or Christian Lindner of the FDP.
The Guardian has a good summary of what's going on, yet things are changing by the hour:
JE comments: Danke! One thing is certain, the 16-year Merkel Era is now over. Can anyone tell us about her presumptive successor? What little I know about Scholz is that he promises stability and no radical change--the "safe" choice of center-left, with an emphasis on "center." Pat, has Scholz said anything about the hot-button issue of immigration?