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It is the first time in 15 years that the SPD has overtaken the CDU/CSU alliance in the polls.

 

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The upcoming election in Germany has now become even more unpredictable.

 

Voters are heading to the ballot box on Sept. 26 and the latest poll, carried out by Forsa, shows support for the Social Democratic Party, SPD, increased to 23% of the vote. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance of the CDU/CSU, meanwhile, dipped to 22%. It is the first time in 15 years that the SPD has overtaken the CDU/CSU alliance in the polls.

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Keyser_Soze said:

What is this the equivalent to in the united states?

 

I guess the quadrennial General Election? 

 

But the German political system is a parliamentary system like the UK, Canada, etc. so you're voting for the party (not the candidate) to form the government.  The German chancellor is the equivalent of the British/Canadian Prime Minister.

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1 hour ago, Commissar SFLUFAN said:

 

I guess the quadrennial General Election? 

 

But the German political system is a parliamentary system like the UK, Canada, etc. so you're voting for the party (not the candidate) to form the government.  The German chancellor is the equivalent of the British/Canadian Prime Minister.

 

It's like a Canadian election, if Canada's Parliament was proportional representation instead of first past the post. And in this analogy, the SPD would be kind of like the NDP mixed with the left-wing of the Liberal party, while Merkel's CDU is more like the moderate wing of the Liberals mixed with red Tory's (old Progressive Conservatives). THat's my take, anyway. 

 

Basically, the centre-right who have ruled Germany for a generation (and who would be considered left-wing in the US) are losing ground to an actual left-wing party (who would be considered...Soviets in the US?)

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1 minute ago, CitizenVectron said:

 

It's like a Canadian election, if Canada's Parliament was proportional representation instead of first past the post. And in this analogy, the SPD would be kind of like the NDP mixed with the left-wing of the Liberal party, while Merkel's CDU is more like the moderate wing of the Liberals mixed with red Tory's (old Progressive Conservatives). THat's my take, anyway. 

 

Basically, the centre-right who have ruled Germany for a generation (and who would be considered left-wing in the US) are losing ground to an actual left-wing party (who would be considered...Soviets in the US?)

 

The SPD is pretty much a center-left party though there are some further-left elements.  The guy who would be the SPD's chancellor is from the more "conservative" wing of the party.

 

The "real" left-wing party in Germany is Die Linke:

 

 

 

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The Social Democrat (SPD) candidate to become Germany's next chancellor beat his conservative rival in a primetime TV debate on Sunday, a snap poll showed, further boosting his campaign to succeed Angela Merkel in an election in two weeks' time.

 

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The Social Democrat (SPD) candidate to become Germany's next chancellor beat his conservative rival in a primetime TV debate on Sunday, a snap poll showed, further boosting his campaign to succeed Angela Merkel in an election in two weeks' time.

 

The SPD leads the conservatives in polls and its candidate Olaf Scholz, currently finance minister, brushed off verbal attacks from Armin Laschet on his record on tackling money-laundering and whether he would ally with a far-left party.

 

A snap poll for ARD television taken soon after the 90 minute debate showed that 41% of those asked thought Scholz was the most convincing performer, compared to 27% for Laschet and 25% for the Greens candidate, Annalena Baerbock.

 

 

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Poll declares Olaf Scholz of the SDP victor of all three televised debates before next Sunday’s vote

 

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The centre-left frontrunner to replace Angela Merkel emphasised his eagerness to form a government with the Greens in the last TV debate before next Sunday’s German elections, as the ecological party’s candidate came close to ruling out joining a coalition with the outgoing chancellor’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

 

A snap poll declared Olaf Scholz of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) to have emerged victorious from three out of three televised debates, with more respondents describing him as the winner of Sunday night’s showdown than the CDU’s Armin Laschet or the Green party’s Annalena Baerbock.

 

 

 

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Social Democrat Olaf Scholz brushed off a last-gasp attack from his conservative rival in a televised election debate on Sunday, cementing his position as front runner to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel after Germans go to the polls in a week.

 

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Social Democrat Olaf Scholz brushed off a last-gasp attack from his conservative rival in a televised election debate on Sunday, cementing his position as front runner to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel after Germans go to the polls in a week.

 

The debate, the last of three ahead of Germany's national election slated for Sept. 26, comes as pressure on the conservative Christian Democratic Union party candidate Armin Laschet intensified to close 

 

 

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The SPD appears to have narrowly edged the CDU/CSU.

 

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The center-left Social Democrats are ahead of the conservative CDU/CSU bloc by around 1%, according to initial projected results. In such a tight race, the possibilities for a coalition are still unclear.

 

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Berliners cast their referendum votes on whether to nationalize thousands of housing units owned by real estate giants. After counting all votes, over 56% voted in favor of the measure.

 

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Voters in the German capital, Berlin, alongside casting ballots for the makeup of the new German parliament and for their local legislature, also took part in a referendum on whether to force large real estate companies to sell off most of their housing units.

 

The "yes" vote garnered 56.4% while the "no" vote received 39% in the non-binding referendum.

 

 

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A coalition agreement between the SPD, Greens, and FDP has finally been reached:

 

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Social Democrat, Green and liberal parties agree to form government after two months of talks

 

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Germany’s new three-way coalition government of Social Democrats, Greens and liberals has addressed the public for the first time, pledging to put climate protection at the top of its agenda but stressing its first priority was to control the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Replacing Angela Merkel as chancellor after 16 years, Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats used his opening speech to deliver a dramatic appeal to Germans to get vaccinated, announcing a seven-point plan to tackle the health emergency, which he called “very serious”, stressing that hospitals were close to capacity, and that his government would be considering the introduction of a vaccine mandate.

 

The three parties, known as the “traffic light coalition” owing to their colours – red, green and yellow – hammered out the deal during two months of intense negotiations after the Social Democrats (SPD) won a slim margin in the 26 September national election.

 

Under Scholz, the acting finance minister, as new chancellor, Annalena Baerbock of the Greens is widely expected to become foreign minister – the first female in the role – and Robert Habeck, her partner as co-leader of the party, will receive a new “super minister” role combining the economics ministry with environmental protection goals.

 

Christian Lindner, leader of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), will become the new finance minister. Hubertus Heil of the SPD is reported to be the only minister from the old government – a grand coalition between the SPD and Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU – who will retain his post, as labour minister.

 

 

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