An of the big surprises in the run-up until the German federal elections later this month has been the sharp increase in support for the Social Democratic Party, making it a solid contender to lead the next coalition government in the country.
The centre-left party is already part of the seated coalition government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who leaves office after 16 years of leading Europe’s largest economy.
The latest opinion polls show a stable rise for the SPD since August. As it stands now, polls show the party forward of rivals and seen with 25% of the vote, die takes place on 26th September. In second place, with 21% of the vote, is from Merkel conservative alliance made up of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union.
Olaf Scholz, chancellor candidate for the SPD, is displayed during a campaign rally on August 27, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.
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in third place place are the Greens, who saw a jump in the polls earlier this year, with 17% of the vote, according to Poll from Politico of polls.
The SPDs lead means his candidate for chancellor, de current Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz, could fill the shoes left by Merkel and lead Germany in a new political era. It is still very likely that the next government will be a… coalition, with new one party set until win enough chairs in the Bundestag (of parliament) to rule alone.
Martin Schulz, the SPDs former leader, told CNBC he wasn’t surprised by the SPDs rise in popularity and that Scholz was well positioned to lead the country.
“The position of the German people is strongly influenced by demand of who is in stands for lead Germany, the largest Member State of the European Union … And this is neither Annalena Baerbock nor Armin Laschet, but Olaf Scholz. And for me, it was quite clear that the moment people began to consider Merkel to leave and who could replace her, Scholz would replace the . turn into leading person,” he told CNBC’s Annette Weisbach on Wednesday.
Scholz is a seasoned politician considering his roles in government and as a former mayor of Hamburg and former Vice President of the SPD. He is seen as a stability candidate, a stable pair of hands together of political transition in Germany.
Olaf Scholz, Chancellor Candidate of the German Social Democrats (SPD), speaking during an election campaign rally on September 05, 2021 in Leipzig Germany. Scholz currently has a spacious lead over to be main rival, Armin Laschet of the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU), come on of federal parliamentary elections planned for 26 Sept.
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The rise of its popularity, and that? of the SPD, has come as support for the CDU-CSU – led by Laschet – and the Greens, whose candidate for chancellor is Baerbock, has declined with the popularity of both leaders hit through various controversies and questions over their suitability for lead.
The CDU Laschet, in in in particular, has seen its ratings drop due to a disappointing campaign track and faint performance on the public phase. Get caught on camera laughing while visiting a German city hit by devastating floods, for die he later apologized, did nothing to encourage his public neither does person.
For her part, and knowing her party seemed to be in danger ahead of Merkel used an address for the Bundestag in the elections on Tuesday as an opportunity to promote Laschet and said he stood for “stability, reliability, moderation and centrality.”
They also took a thinly veiled swipe at Scholz in an address to the Bundestag on Tuesday, seems to refer to Scholz .’s comments on Covid vaccinations last week, when he had said that the roughly 50 million fully vaccinated Germans had effectively served as “guinea pigs” for die who were skeptical, in effect showing that the shot was safe.
“If we want convince people [to get a vaccine] it should be with arguments and no images of guinea pigs,” Merkel told lawmakers, news Deutsche Welle agency reported, though she didn’t mention Scholz by name.
Schulz disagreed with the idea that the candidate of the SPD for chancellor was a continuity candidate die similar strategies and policies as the outgoing Merkel.
“It’s the other” way in the surroundings of. If you listen carefully to Angela Merkel’s speech [on Tuesday] it was strong against the social democratic leadership in government.”
“In my opinion the most important figure in [opinion] polls is that 46% of Germans consider social justice as the main item for the future. [That was] higher in their ranking than climate change, the fight against climate change, and Olaf Scholz represents a species of new political style. Instead of of/of [he represents] both.”
Glimpse of what a SPD led coalition government could watch like, Schulz said the main three focuses of the party were Europe, respect and investment in infrastructure.
The target of the party would first be “to increase European activities, deepen European integration and make the European Union more secure, want we are in competition with other systems in the world, not just an economic competition but this is also an opinion poll competition.”
Second, he said: party’s goal was to achieve “mutual respect”. “Peaceful societies depend on on the mutual respect of respect of individuals for each other … Refuse from the strategy of some parties, especially die on Extremely right, [and telling them] that of the highest government level we say we are a society die stays together instead of met exception of minorities.”
Finally, Schulz said that Germany has “a huge amount of money to invest in infrastructure in Germany, not only real estate but our railway system, for for example, die become much faster, and our digital infrastructure.”
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