The Social Democratic candidate for the German Chancellery, Olaf Scholz, has said that the position of his conservative rival, Armin Laschet, is in the opposition and has ratified his willingness to form a coalition with the Greens and the Liberal Party (FDP).
The social democrat Scholz proclaims himself the winner in Germany with an uncertain scenario to negotiate a government
“The CDU and the CSU have not only suffered heavy losses, but have also received the message from the elector that they must go to the opposition,” said Scholz, before entering the meeting of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) to To analize the situation. “Our job now consists of applying pragmatism and leadership to the task of forming a government,” he added, for which he intends to initiate contacts with Greens and liberals.
Scholz has drawn parallels with previous SPD governments, referring to the social-liberal coalition in the 1970s and the years of red-green rule between 1998 and 2005. “Forming a social-ecological-liberal coalition now, so to speak, it has foundations in the history of government activity in Germany. ” There are great tasks that the SPD wants to face, he said, “and about which we want to talk with the other two parties.”
The SPD has been imposed as the first force by 25.7% of the votes, which represents an increase of 5.2% compared to those obtained in 2017. The environmental training has obtained the best result in its history, with 14 , 8%, an increase of 5.8 points compared to 2017.
The FDP came in fourth place, with 11.5%, 0.7 points more than four years ago. The Liberals have proposed meeting first with the leaders of the Greens before entering into coalition talks. But they may have a hard time agreeing.
Laschet, under pressure
The conservative bloc – made up of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister Social Christian Union of Bavaria (CSU) – obtained 24.1%, a drop of 8.9 points and the worst result in its history.
Despite this, Laschet announced this Sunday his willingness to try to lead the next government, for which he is considering seeking an alliance with Greens and Liberals. According to coinciding information from the country’s media, which also reflects the strong pressure from his bloc after the fall in votes suffered, the conservative candidate for the chancellery has relativized his intention to lead the new government on Monday.
Laschet has clarified before the presidency of his party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), that his statements last night stating that he would seek a new government alliance were an “invitation”, not a “claim”, the newspapers report. Bild and Die Welt.
From the twinned party, the Bavarian Social Christian Union (CSU), at their parallel meeting this Monday, in Munich, harsh criticism of Laschet’s management has been launched, says public television ARD.
For a tripartite
In Germany, coalition pacts are the norm. After years of bipartisan alliances, the new government will almost certainly need three parties. Tripartites are common in regional parliaments, but have not been seen at the national level since the 1950s.
The results give a majority to three possible coalitions, known by the traditional colors of the parties. Currently, would add enough seats in the Bundestag both a “semaphore” coalition, between SPD, Liberals and Greens, – towards which Scholz leans – and the “Jamaica”, between CDU / CSU, Liberals and Greens. Theoretically, it would still be possible to reissue the “grand coalition” between Social Democrats and Conservatives, which would have a sufficient majority, but many analysts consider it unlikely in political terms.
Several analysts have made it clear that the battle for power does not end this Sunday. Rather, remember, it has only just begun. There are no formal rules for forming a government. By tradition, the strongest party invites you to speak. But there have also been elections after which the second force has formed a coalition. So nothing prevents exploratory conversations in parallel. In this initial phase there is no time limit.