It is a scenario worthy of a thriller … Following the federal elections Olaf Scholz and Armin Laschet demanded the formation of the next German government and thereby the place of chancellor.
The pole of stability that was Angela Merkel has just shattered and negotiations are starting today in Berlin between the different parties likely to join a future coalition.
According to the provisional official results, the center-left of the SPD led by Olaf Scholz won 25.7% of the vote, the conservative CDU-CSU union of Armin Laschet, shows a historically low score with 24.1%. The Greens come third with 14.8% of the vote and the Liberals from the FDP 11.5%. On the far right, the AfD won 10.3% and on the far left, Die Linke 4.9% of the vote.
Sunday evening, it was joy at the HQ of the Social Democrats, Olaf Scholz, their leader spoke of a “great success” and presented himself as the “next chancellor”. He could rely on the Greens and the Liberals of the FDP to form a coalition.
The problem is that his center-right Christian Democratic rival Armin Laschet is unwilling to join the opposition benches and intends to do everything to build a government led by the CDU-CSU. The alliance can be the same.
But never have the Conservatives scored so low. And this result remains bitter for the camp of Chancellor Angela Merkel when she must retire from politics.
Greens leader Annalena Barboeck was very disappointed with last night’s results, even though her environmental alliance will inevitably be part of the governing coalition.
A coalition which this time will be particularly complicated to form because it must necessarily unite three parties due to the fragmentation of votes. It will be unheard of since the 1950s at the federal level.