Every vote counts in German elections
The latest news on the German elections:
BERLIN – Armin Laschet, the center-right bloc candidate of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel to become Germany’s new leader, said the election result “will be played out with every vote”.
Recent polls indicate a very close race between Laschet’s center-right Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats, with the Greens in third place.
Laschet said in his vote on Sunday in Aachen, on the western border of Germany, that the elections “will decide Germany’s direction in the years to come, and so it will depend on each vote. “.
His Social Democratic rival, Olaf Scholz, said after voting in Potsdam, just outside Berlin, that he hoped voters “will make possible … a very good result for the Social Democrats, and that the citizens will give me the mandate to become the next Chancellor of Germany.
Green candidate Annalena Baerbock is expected to vote in Potsdam later on Sunday. Merkel’s spokesperson said the incumbent leader was voting by mail, as many Germans are expected to do in this election.
BERLIN – Voters are delivering a mixed verdict on the era of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel as they choose a new German parliament, and some are struggling to choose potential new leaders.
The polls opened on Sunday after a roller coaster campaign. Recent polls point to a very close race between Merkel’s center-right Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats, with the Greens in third place.
In Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, a traditional left-wing stronghold, Jan Kemper, 41, director of an online bank, said the climate crisis and the slow pace of digitization in Germany were among his main concerns.
He praised Merkel’s crisis-handling style, but said key issues had not been addressed.
“This election is extremely important,” he said. “Previously, the elections set the course for the next two to four years. Now we have to make decisions that will affect future generations. “
In Berlin’s Mitte district, Wiebke Bergmann, a 48-year-old social worker, said that “this election is really special, I think, because Angela Merkel is no longer running.”
She said: “I really thought about which candidate I wanted as the next chancellor – until this morning I had not made up my mind. None of the three really convinced me.
BERLIN – German voters choose a new parliament in an election that will determine who will succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years as head of Europe’s largest economy.
The polls point to a very close race on Sunday. The battle pits Merkel’s center-right Union bloc with state governor Armin Laschet running for chancellor and the center-left Social Democrats for whom outgoing Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz seeks the highest position.
Recent polls show that the Social Democrats are slightly ahead. They also show that the Green ecologists who present the candidate Annalena Baerbock are in third place several points behind. About 60.4 million people in the nation of 83 million are eligible to elect the new parliament.
BERLIN – Two climate activists have ended their hunger strike after a leading candidate for German Chancellor agreed to a public meeting with them after Sunday’s general election.
The decision came just hours after hunger strikers stepped up their protest on Saturday, refusing liquids in addition to food. They had demanded that Olaf Scholz, the Social Democrats’ candidate, publicly declare that Germany faces a climate emergency.
Scholz confirmed the scheduled meeting in a statement on Twitter, saying saving lives is a priority. Scholz and his two rivals for the top post had refused to meet with the hunger strikers before the elections.